Bob Marshall, Virginia Representative

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Bob Marshall
Virginia House of Delegates District 13
In office
1992 - Present
Term ends
January 2012
Years in position 23
Base salary$17,640/day
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 3, 2009
First elected1991
Next generalNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBelmont Abbey College
Master'sCalifornia State University
Date of birth05/03/1944
Place of birthTacoma Park, MD
ProfessionIndependent research consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Bob Marshall is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 13 since 1992.

In 2008, Marshall was a candidate for the United States Senate, but failed to obtain the Republican nomination.

Marshall currently is a self-employed research consultant. He has previously worked as Vice President for Business Development, Shenandoah Electronic Intelligence from 2001-2005, and Director of the American Life League.[1]

Marshall earned his B.A. in history and philosophy from Belmont Abbey College and his M.A. in humanities from California State University.


Marshall's official website lists his views on a number of issues. These include:[2]

  • 2nd Amendment- "I strongly support the right of competent, law abiding citizens to own and possess arms in order to defend themselves, to hunt or to pursue sporting interests."
  • Marriage - Marshall authored the "Marriage Amendment” (one man, one woman) in Virginia, "we must protect the institution of marriage to keep the basic unit of society, the family, strong."
  • Taxes - "I never voted for a tax increase since I was elected in 1992 because I believe that Government should live within its means just as families must."
  • Conservation- "Because I believe that the fruits of the earth are gifts given for ourselves and our posterity, it is imperative that we remain good stewards and protect our natural resources."

Marshall's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test provides voters with an overview of a candidate's views on a number of issues. Marshall did not answer the question asking for his top priorities.[3]


Sen. John Chapman "Chap" Petersen and Del. Marshall want to introduce legislation to start reforming and shedding more light on the foreclosure process.

“It would start to bring transparency to those who cut corners to make a profit,” Marshall said.

In Virginia, once a foreclosure notice of sale is posted, a house can be sold at auction just 14 days later in some cases, although most foreclosure processes take more time.

Marshall is introducing a bill to make sure borrowers can easily find out who owns their mortgages. His bill would require county filing fees when a loan is transferred between lenders.

“I had constituents call me who didn’t know who owned their loans,” Marshall said.

“Currently, Virginia law does not require that assignments of mortgages be recorded,” said Tom Domonoske, a Harrisonburg attorney who has represented homeowners facing foreclosure.[4]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:

  • HB 1587 REAL ID Act; State will not comply with provision thereof that they determine would compromise.
  • HB 1639 Human beings, preborn; constitutional right to enjoyment of life from moment of fertilization.
  • HB 1656 Concealed handguns; allows faculty members at institutions of higher education to carry on campus.[5]



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Marshall won re-election to District 13 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Carl Genthner in the November 8 general election.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 13 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Marshall Incumbent 59.7% 6,008
     Democratic Carl Genthner 40.3% 4,054
Total Votes 10,062


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Marshall was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated John Bell in the General Election. [7]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 13 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Marshall (R) 22,982
John Bell (D) 14,472

Virgina House of Delegates, General Election, District 13 (2009)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Marshall (R) 22,974 61.37%
John J. Bell (D) 14,462 38.63%

Campaign donors


Delegate Marshall speaking to the Fairfax County Republicans

The top 5 donors to Marshall's 2009 campaign:[8]

Contributor 2009 total
Dominion Leadership Trust $9,000
NCS Technologies, Inc $5,000
Richard Gilliam $5,000
Paula O'Keefe $5,000
Walter M. Curt $5,000

Disabled children controversy

At a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood on February 18, 2010, Marshall suggested that disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.

He stated:

"The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children. In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."[9]

The remarks led to a firestorm of controversy, especially on the Internet, and on February 22, Marshall released a formal apology, stating:

"No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion. I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children, and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents. Nevertheless, I regret any misimpression my poorly chosen words may have created as to my deep commitment to fighting for these vulnerable children and their families."[10]

Many have called for Marshall's resignation, including Richard Anthony, a Democrat running for Congress. Anthony has started an online petition to this effect, which simply states, "Enough is enough. The name calling and outrageous language must stop. Bob Marshall’s comments are offensive and totally unacceptable. Attacking the families of disabled children for crass political gain should not and will not be tolerated. Del. Marshall, you should resign."


Marshall and his wife, Catherine, have five children.

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