Bob Marshall, Virginia Representative
|Virginia House of Delegates District 13|
|1992 - Present|
|Years in position||22|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 3, 2009|
|Next general||November 8, 2011|
|Bachelor's||Belmont Abbey College|
|Master's||California State University|
|Place of birth||Tacoma Park, MD|
|Profession||Independent research consultant|
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
|Virginia House of Delegates, District 13 General Election, 2011|
|Republican||Bob Marshall Incumbent||59.7%||6,008|
In 2009, Marshall was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated John Bell in the General Election. 
|Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 13 (2009)|
|Bob Marshall (R)||22,982|
|John Bell (D)||14,472|
|Virgina House of Delegates, General Election, District 13 (2009)|
|Bob Marshall (R)||22,974||61.37%|
|John J. Bell (D)||14,462||38.63%|
Delegate Marshall speaking to the Fairfax County Republicans
The top 5 donors to Marshall's 2009 campaign:
|Dominion Leadership Trust||$9,000|
|NCS Technologies, Inc||$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.
"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."
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."
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.
- Delegate Bob Marshall official website
- Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Marshall
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions:2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999
- Bob Marshall on Facebook
- Bob Marshall on Twitter
- Richmond Sunlight profile
- Bob Marshall for Senate 2008 campaign website
- Project Vote Smart - Delegate Marshall
- Delegate Bob Marshall Issues
- Project Vote Smart - Delegate Marshall Issue Positions
- "Lawmakers set out to reform quick foreclosures," Virginia Statehouse News, December 8, 2010
- Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron
- Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
- Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results
- Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
- News Leader, "Legislator: Disabled kids are God's punishment (Audio added)," February 22, 2010
- Washington Post, "Del. Marshall says abortion remark misconstrued, apologizes," February 23, 2010
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