David Bulova

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David Bulova
Virginia House of Delegates District 37
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 9
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2005
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCollege of William and Mary, 1991
Master'sVirginia Tech, 1996
Date of birth05/06/1969
Place of birthFairfax, VA
ProfessionSenior Planner
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
David L. Bulova is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 2005.


Bulova earned his B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary in 1991 and his M.P.A. from Virginia Tech in 1996.

Bulova currently works as a Senior Planner for AMEC Earth & Environmental Incorporated. He has also been Division Director and Environmental Planner for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. He sits on the board of the Center for Watershed Protection, Brain Injury Services, Incorporated, and is co-chair of Middleridge National Night Out.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


  • HB 1993 Highway maintenance funds; requirements for Commonwealth Transportation Board in allocating.
  • HB 1995 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; adds Cities of Alexandria, etc., to use % of revenues.
  • HB 2406 School records; may be received as evidence in cases involving custody of students, etc. [2]

Campaign themes


Bulova’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Fiscal Responsibility

Excerpt: "I have supported several initiatives to streamline the delivery of services. In 2010, I spearheaded successful legislation (HB 208) that eliminated a half-dozen outdated or redundant school reporting requirements to ensure that funding goes where it belongs — in our classrooms. In 2012, I supported and was appointed to the conference committee for HB 1295, which eliminated several outdated mandates on local government and regional government entities."

  • Transportation

Excerpt: "...I will continue to advocate for changes in the way that transportation funding is distributed to make it more equitable for Northern Virginia. I spearheaded efforts to change the transportation maintenance formula (HBs 389, 6011, 1993, 1491, and 477) and in 2013 co-patroned legislation to provide Northern Virginia with more representation on the Commonwealth Transportation Board (HB 864). Getting our fair share will continue to be one of my top priorities."

  • Education

Excerpt: "This year I introduced legislation (HB1674) to provide our localities with more flexibility to innovate while maintaining high standards of accountability. I also spoke on the House Floor against attempts by the Governor to take away education funding for Northern Virginia that recognizes that our cost of living is by far the highest in the state."

  • Jobs and Economic Growth

Excerpt: "While there are signs of improvement, much more needs to be done to reduce unemployment and spark economic growth. This requires investing in our transportation infrastructure and education, fostering an environment that rewards creativity and innovation, and reducing regulatory burdens to starting and running a business. In particular, Virginia needs to increase investments in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and our community college system. We also need to reform and streamline our tax system while ensuring that sufficient revenue is generated at the state and local levels to provide needed services."

  • Energy

Excerpt: "Whether you are concerned about the impacts of climate change or the threat to national security posed by our dependence on foreign energy sources, sustainable energy is one of our nation’s greatest challenges. In 2011, I introduced successful legislation that will position Virginia to be a leader in the area of electric plug-in vehicles by eliminating regulatory hurdles that would stifle entrepreneurialism (HB 2105)."


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

  • Transportation

Excerpt: "In addition to new construction, we must adequately maintain our existing infrastructure. The current funding formula not only under-funds maintenance, it is also unfair to Northern Virginia."

  • Energy

Excerpt: "I successfully passed HB 1994 to increase Virginia’s renewable energy goal to 15% by the year 2025. This legislation, and others like it, will protect consumers in the long-run from volatile energy prices caused by our reliance on fossil fuels."

  • Illegal immigration

Excerpt: "I have consistently supported common-sense measures to strengthen penalties against businesses that knowingly violate our immigration laws and to ensure that our State agencies are sharing information on immigration status."


Bulova's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. He did not answer the question asking his top priorities.[5]



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Bulova won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 37. Bulova ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic Primary. He defeated Patrice Winter (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates, District General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bulova Incumbent 60.9% 11,526
     Republican Patrice Winter 38.9% 7,353
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 37
Total Votes 18,916

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent David Bulova (D) defeated a Republican lobbyist opponent in 2011 with almost 60 percent of the vote, but observers thought that Winter, a former Fairfax City Council member and a professor, might have made this seat competitive in 2013. President Barack Obama (D) won 60 percent of the vote in this district in 2012, but Governor Bob McDonnell (R) won this district with 53 percent of the vote in 2009, which was a year when Bulova faced only third-party opposition. [7][8]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Bulova won re-election to District 37 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Brian Schoeneman (R) in the November 8 general election.[9]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 37 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bulova Incumbent 59.6% 7,021
     Republican Brian Schoeneman 40.4% 4,752
Total Votes 11,773


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Bulova was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Christopher Declaro and Anna Choi in the General Election. [10]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 37 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Bulova (D) 12,209
Christopher Decarlo (I) 4,471
Anna Choi (I) 1,245

Campaign donors


In 2011, Bulova received $304,889 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Bulova's campaign in 2011
Virginia House Democratic Caucus$12,000
Ajdwoskin & Associates$9,250
Realtorspolitical Action Cmte$7,328
Rice, Edward H$7,000
Total Raised in 2011 $304,889
Total Votes received in 2011 7,021
Cost of each vote received $43.43


The top five donors to Bulova's 2009 campaign:[12]

Contributor 2009 total
Suzann W. Matthews $5,000
Northern Virginia Realtors $5,000
Virginia Beer Wholesalers Assoc $3,250
Virginia Assoc of Realtors $3,000
Rick Kapani $2,500


Bulova and his wife, Gretchen, have three children.

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