Charles Poindexter

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Charles Poindexter
Charles Pointdexter.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates District 9
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFranklin County High School
Bachelor'sLynchburg College
Master'sGeorge Washington University
Date of birth02/27/1942
Place of birthRoanoke, VA
Office website
Campaign website
Charles D. Poindexter is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.


Poindexter earned his B.S. in mathematics from Lynchburg College and his M.S. in management from the George Washington University.

Poindexter works as a program manager for Computer Sciences Corporation. He has also been Senior Principal Information Systems Engineer and Site Manager for Mitre Corporation, and a Software Developer and Manager for Systems Development Corporation.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Poindexter served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, Vice-Chair
Counties, Cities and Towns

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, Poindexter served on the following committees:


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


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Poindexter served on the following committees:


2011 race against GOP critic

Ward Armstrong (D), an incumbent who was Poindexter's 2011 opponent as a result of redistricting, was a longstanding and verbal critic of the Republican majority of the Virginia House. Many, including Armstrong, believed that the elimination of Armstrong's old district during redistricting was an attempt to remove him from the chamber. Armstrong stated that, "This race has never been about electing Charles Poindexter. It’s been about getting rid of Ward Armstrong." Republicans denied these claims, but both sides poured money into the race. Republican leaders have since contributed $615,000 to Poindexter's campaign. This amount was over three times the average $200,000 being spent on similar house raises a that time. Armstrong raised nearly a million dollars by late October 2011.[2]

  • HB 2269 Expenditures; annual report thereof provided by school board to be made available to public.
  • HB 2274 Sex Offender Registry; not required to provide list of registrants' wanted offenses on Internet.
  • HB 2275 Drug treatment courts; authorized for County of Franklin if funded through local sources.[3]

Campaign themes


Poindexter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Taxes

Excerpt: "I believe we should keep taxes low to encourage investment and growth. ...You are the person that can best spend the money you own. When I go to Richmond, I will not raise your taxes."

  • Spending

Excerpt: "Families all across the Commonwealth are tightening their belts. I believe government should to the same. In Virginia, we balance our budget every year and for the last two years, we have done that without raising your taxes."

  • Education

Excerpt: "Our education system must be the best in the world. I believe we should empower local school boards, teachers and parents so they can best decide how to educate our children. Bureaucrats in Richmond and Washington don’t know your children, and the don’t know how best to educate them."

  • Electric Utilities

Excerpt: "I passed a bill that gives Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli more time to review rate increase requests. I also passed legislation that ended the interim rate hikes imposed by utility companies. The real problem with electric utilities, however, is Washington. Barack Obama and the EPA are imposing crushing regulations on our utility companies. Eighty percent of the current proposed rate increases in our region are due to regulation from Washington. That’s not fair."

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "I believe Virginia should have the best health care system in the world. We should work to ensure access to quality and affordable care for all Virginians. In Richmond, I have worked to improve our health care system with market-based reforms."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Virginia House of Delegates will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 9, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2015.[5]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Poindexter won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 9. Poindexter ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[6]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Poindexter won re-election to District 9 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Ward Armstrong (D) the November 8 general election. Armstrong was the current District 10 incumbent, but his residency changed to District 9 after the redistricting process.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 9 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Poindexter 52.7% 13,189
     Democratic Ward Armstrong 47.3% 11,840
Total Votes 25,029


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Poindexter was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated David Witcher in the General Election.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 9 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Poindexter (R) 16,534
David Witcher (I) 4,332

Campaign donors


In 2011, Poindexter received $1,007,603 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Charles Poindexter's campaign in 2011
Republican Party Of Virginia$596,893
Southside Victory Fund$155,800
House Republican Campaign Cmte Inc$25,696
Dominion Leadership Trust$19,110
Ben Cline For Virginia House Of Delegates$10,000
Total Raised in 2011 $1,007,603
Total Votes received in 2011 13,189
Cost of each vote received $76.4


Charles Poindexter announces his bid for the House of Delegates

The top five donors to Poindexter's 2009 campaign:[10]

Contributor 2009 total
Dominion $3,500
Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors $2,500
Smith Mountain Lake Republican Women's Club $2,500
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association $2,000
Virginia Bankers Assoc $2,000


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Poindexter and his wife, Janet, have six children.

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