Bob Marshall, Virginia Representative

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Bob Marshall
Virginia House of Delegates District 13
In office
1992 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 23
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1991
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
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. Marshall ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate. He was defeated by George Allen in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012.[1]

In 2008, Marshall was a candidate for the United States Senate, but failed to obtain the Republican nomination. Marshall was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Virginia.

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.[2]

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:[3]

  • 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.[4]

Campaign themes


According to his website, Marshall's campaign platform includes the following issues[5]

  • Reduced debt
  • School choice through vouchers or tax credits
  • Challenge Obamacare


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.[6]

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 session, Marshall served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 session, Marshall served on the following 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.[7]



See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2012

Marshall ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Virginia. Marshall was defeated by George Allen in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012.[1]

Allen was at one point considered the front-runner, as he initially outraised his Republican challengers and had the benefit of greater name recognition. Marshall ran to the right of Allen, although all four candidates agreed on most issues.[8]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that would impact the political fate of which party ended up with control in 2013.[9] The seat rated a toss-up that Sabato's Crystal Ball believed was most likely to depend on the outcome of the Presidential election in November is the Senate seat in Virginia.[9] According to the article, "outcome of this race will largely be determined by which party claims Virginia’s 13 electoral votes in November."[9]

U.S. Senate Virginia Representative Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge F. Allen 65.5% 167,452
Jamie L. Radtke 23.1% 58,980
Bob Marshall 6.8% 17,308
E. W. Jackson 4.7% 12,086
Total Votes 255,826


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.[10]

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. [11]

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


In 2011, Marshall received $144,599 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bob Marshall, Virginia Representative's campaign in 2011
John C Grimberg Co Inc$6,500
Fabyanic, Col Thomas$5,000
Fabyanic, Col Thomas$5,000
Fabyanic, Col Thomas$5,000
Curt, Mr Walter$4,855
Total Raised in 2011 $144,599
Total Votes received in 2011 6,008
Cost of each vote received $24.07


Delegate Marshall speaking to the Fairfax County Republicans

The top 5 donors to Marshall's 2009 campaign:[13]

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."[14]

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."[15]

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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