Dave Marsden

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Dave Marsden
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Virginia Senate District 37
In office
January 13, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2012
Years in position 5
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$169/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionJanuary 12, 2010
First electedJanuary 12, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth04/05/1948
Place of birthAlexandria, VA
Office website
Campaign website
Dave Marsden is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 37. Marsden defeated Republican Stephen Hunt in a special election January 12, 2010, to fill the seat vacated by Ken Cuccinelli.[1]

Marsden served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006-2010, representing the 41st district.

Marsden is a consultant with Development Services Group, Inc., and has served as Superintendent of Fairfax County's Juvenile Detention Center and probation officer with the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.[2]

Committee assignments


Marsden serves on the following Senate committees:


Campaign themes


Marsden's campaign website lists the following issues:

  • Education
Excerpt: "Fairfax County schools are the best in the Nation and I will do everything in my power to help keep them that way. It is critical that we give our teachers and students the resources they need to succeed."
  • Taxes - Cutting Waste
Excerpt: "I believe we have to hold the line on taxes and cut wasteful spending. Finding the balance between providing quality services, without burdening families and businesses is critical."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Improving transportation in Northern Virginia is and always has been a priority of mine. As a member of the Transportation Committee, I will keep working to make our roads, rails and buses safer and more accessible."
  • Business
Excerpt: "Virginia is a great place to do business and we need to keep it that way. That starts with investing in our infrastructure and community—but doing so in a fiscally responsible manner."


Marsden's campaign website lists his views on a number of issues, including:[3]

  • Taxes: "I believe in holding the line on taxes and working across party lines for a fiscally responsible budget."
  • Transportation: "I am working on attacking the traffic problem from all angles, including a steady, dedicated reliable funding stream to improve all forms of transportation."
  • Education: "I want to continue supporting Fairfax schools by protecting current funding levels and working to keep them among the best in the nation."
  • Crime: "I want to continue use the skills and lessons I’ve learned from three decades in juvenile justice to craft a tough strategy that suppresses Northern Virginia’s youth gangs and prevents them from spreading deeper into our community."

  • HB 2225 Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; State Police shall publish on Internet database.
  • HB 2227 Airsoft guns; added to list of prohibited concealed weapons.
  • HB 2233 Electronic filings; DMV may require certain filings or submissions be made electronically. [4]



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Marsden won re-election to District 37 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unopposed in the August 23 primary and defeated Jason Flanary (R) in the November 8 general election.


Marsden and fellow Democratic incumbent George Barker received more money from the Democratic Party of Virginia than any other Senate candidate through the September 30, 2011 filing period.[5]


On Jan. 12, 2010, Marsden won election to the 37th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Stephen Hunt.[6]

Virginia State Senate, District 37 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Marsden (D) 11,954 50.64%
Steve Hunt(R) 11,627 49.26%


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

On November 3, 2009, Marsden won re-election to the 41st district of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Campaign donors


The top 5 donors to Marsden's 2009 House campaign:[7]

Contributor 2009 total
Democratic Party of Virginia $48,749
Virginia Trial Lawyers Assoc $6,500
Werkheiser for Delegate $5,950
Thomas W. Minnick $4,500
Allen Allen Allen & Allen $4,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Cuccinelli
Virginia State Senate District 37
Jan. 13, 2010-present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Virginia House of Delegate District 41
Succeeded by
Eileen Filler-Corn