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|Profession = President of RAMA International Incorporated
 
|Profession = President of RAMA International Incorporated
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''David Ramadan''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing District 87.  He was first elected in [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011|2011]].
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}}{{tnr}}'''David I. Ramadan''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing District 87.  He was first elected in to the chamber in [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011|2011]].
  
Ramadan's professional experience includes working as the president of RAMA International Incorporated, president of RAMA Jewelry, chief executive officer at Expand to America, president at David Ramadan Trust, and former adjunct professor at George Mason University.
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==Biography==
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Ramadan earned his M.A. in international trade and transactions from George Mason University and his B.A. in government and politics.
  
Ramadan earned his M.A. in international trade and transactions from George Mason University and his B.A. in governments and politics.
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Ramadan worked as the President of RAMA International Incorporated, the President of RAMA Jewelry, the Chief Executive Officer at Expand to America, the President at David Ramadan Trust, and as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University.
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Ramadan summarizes his biography in a [http://vimeo.com/28848285 video available here].
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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* [[Privileges and Elections Committee, Virginia House|Privileges and Elections]]
 
* [[Privileges and Elections Committee, Virginia House|Privileges and Elections]]
 
* [[Science and Technology Committee, Virginia House|Science and Technology]]
 
* [[Science and Technology Committee, Virginia House|Science and Technology]]
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==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
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====2013====
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Ramadan’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref>[http://www.davidramadan.com/issues/general-issues/ ''David Ramadan'', "General Issues," accessed September 18, 2013]</ref>
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*'''Taxes and Spending
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:Excerpt: "Since 2000, Virginia’s budget has nearly doubled. There is about as much of an appetite in Richmond for cutting spending as there is in Washington – but I intend to continue to work to change that. As your representative in Richmond, I will continue to work to ensure that state government keeps its spending focused on its main priorities – and ensure that proper controls and audits are in place to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. Further, I will continue to oppose increasing taxes."
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*'''Jobs, the Economy and the American Dream
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:Excerpt: "Reduce and review all existing government regulations. Implement bi-partisan Economic Development and Jobs Creation plans. Ensure that tax incentives for companies locating in Virginia are being used and in compliance with their stated objectives. Ensure that Virginia maintains its right-to-work status. Ensure that Virginia’s higher education system maintains its affordability and level of quality. Work towards achievable, affordable and realistic transportation solutions."
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*'''Education
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:Excerpt: "I am passionate about maintaining our top state schools, and working to keep them affordable for all Virginians. I also want to make sure that our local schools are properly preparing our children for the next step in their education. With record spending in the public schools, lack of money should no longer be used as the 'excuse' for poor test grades and proper preparation. I also support the rights of parents as the first educators of their children, and will support and defend those who choose to Home-School their children."
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*'''Life and Family Issues
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:Excerpt: "I believe that life begins at the moment of conception. ...I believe that marriage as defined by God is between a man and a woman – and support Virginia’s attempts to keep it as such."
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*'''Personal Property, the 2nd Amendment and Constitutional Rights
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:Excerpt: "I will be an advocate for property rights and will oppose any and all efforts of the Government to confiscate private property. I believe that the Government closer to the people is more aware and better serves its constituents."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013]]''
  
Ramadan is running for re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|Virginia House of Delegates]] District 87. Ramadan ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary and is challenged by [[John Bell (Virginia)|John Bell (D)]] in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.
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Ramadan won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|Virginia House of Delegates]] District 87. Ramadan ran unopposed in the June 11 [[Republican]] primary and defeated [[John Bell (Virginia)|John Bell]] ([[Democratic|D]]) in the general election on November 5, 2013.<ref>[http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=HOD&map=CTY  ''Virginia Board of Elections,'' “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013]</ref>
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|Chamber= Virginia House of Delegates, District 87 General Election
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|party1= Republican
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|party2= Democratic
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|party3= Write-in
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|winner1 = David Ramadan
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|Inc1=Y
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|Inc2=
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|votes1 = 10274
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|candidate2 = John Bell
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|candidate3= Write-in
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|votes2 = 10087
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|votes3=80
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}}
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====Race snapshot====
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:: ''See also: [[2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates]]''
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Incumbent Ramadan won this seat in 2011 by only 51 votes, and donors have poured money into both sides of the race during Ramadan's bid for a second-term in this district on the western fringes of the Washington, DC, urban area. [[John Bell (Virginia)|John Bell]] ([[Democratic|D]]), an Air Force veteran who ran for the House of Delegates in 2009, was endorsed by Democracy for America and aimed to win in this district that President [[Barack Obama]] ([[Democratic|D]]) won with 56 percent of the vote in 2012. However, [[Governor of Virginia|Governor]] [[Bob McDonnell]] ([[Republican|R]]) carried this district with 59 percent of the vote in 2009, and although both candidates had raised substantial sums of money, Ramadan had a significant fundraising advantage as of early September. Bell was the first of the two candidates to run a television advertisement, which went on the air in mid-September.<ref>[http://democracyforamerica.com/campaigns/973-bell-for-delegate ''Democracy for America'', "Bell for Delegate," accessed October 3, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/11/1197965/-A-look-at-the-2013-Virginia-House-of-Delegates-Elections ''Daily Kos'', "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/republicans-certain-to-retain-control-of-virginia-house-of-delegates/ ''University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball'', "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.vpap.org/elections/district/225 ''Virginia Public Access Project'', "House of Delegates District 87," accessed October 4, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/ramadan_opponent_bell_hits_the_airwaves567 ''The Loudoun Times'', "Ramadan opponent, Bell, hits the airwaves," September 23, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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|votes2 = 5384
 
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==Endorsements==
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|{{#ev:youtube|WGkIwhYvkqk|300}}<br><span style="font-size:80%">David Ramadan radio interview on the John Fredericks Show</span>
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===2013===
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In 2013, Ramadan’s endorsements included the following:<ref>[http://www.davidramadan.com/endorsements/2013-endorsements/ ''David Ramadan'', "2013 Endorsements," accessed September 18, 2013]</ref>
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*[[Frank Wolf]], [[U.S. House of Representatives]]
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*Virginia Police Benevolent Association
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*National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
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*Betsy Davis, Mayor of Middleburg
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*Ralph Buona, Supervisor, Ashburn District, Loudoun Board of Supervisors
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Ramadan has a wife, Christie.
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Ramadan and his wife, Christie, live in Dulles, VA.
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==Additional reading==
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*[http://www.necn.com/11/20/11/David-Ramadan-makes-history-in-Va-House-/landing_nation.html?&apID=fc24da835f7e43bbb3bfc6a9ecdafd5c ''The Associated Press'', "David Ramadan makes history in Va. House election" November 20, 2011]
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*[http://www.loudountimes.com/index.php/news/article/distinct_views_in_87th_district_house_of_delegates_race898/ ''The Loudoun Times'', "Distinct views in 87th District House of Delegates race," October 12, 2011]
  
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
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* [http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/b992dd6f4701ceec85257535005773fd?OpenDocument House website]
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* [http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/2451bcd10d8dd99a85257b640045691d?OpenDocument House website]
 
* [http://www.david4delegate.com/ Campaign website]
 
* [http://www.david4delegate.com/ Campaign website]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/DelegateDavidRamadan Candidate Facebook page]
 
* [http://www.davidramadan.com/about/ Personal website]
 
* [http://www.davidramadan.com/about/ Personal website]
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=134514 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=134514 Biography from ''Project Vote Smart'']
* [http://www.facebook.com/davidfordelegate David Ramadan on Facebook]
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* [http://twitter.com/#!/davidiramadan David Ramadan on Twitter]
 
* [http://twitter.com/#!/davidiramadan David Ramadan on Twitter]
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* [http://www.vpap.org/candidates/profile/home/155416 ''Virginia Public Access Project'' profile]
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* [http://www.richmondsunlight.com/legislator/diramadan/ ''Richmond Sunlight'' page]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ramadan ''Wikipedia'' page]
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* [http://davidramadanfordelegate.com/ David Ramadan for Delegate blog]
  
 
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David Ramadan
David Ramadan.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates District 87
Incumbent
In office
2012-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolInternational College
Bachelor'sGeorge Mason University
Master'sGeorge Mason University
Personal
ProfessionPresident of RAMA International Incorporated
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
David I. Ramadan is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 87. He was first elected in to the chamber in 2011.

Biography

Ramadan earned his M.A. in international trade and transactions from George Mason University and his B.A. in government and politics.

Ramadan worked as the President of RAMA International Incorporated, the President of RAMA Jewelry, the Chief Executive Officer at Expand to America, the President at David Ramadan Trust, and as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University.

Ramadan summarizes his biography in a video available here.

Committee assignments

2012-2013

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

Ramadan’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Taxes and Spending
Excerpt: "Since 2000, Virginia’s budget has nearly doubled. There is about as much of an appetite in Richmond for cutting spending as there is in Washington – but I intend to continue to work to change that. As your representative in Richmond, I will continue to work to ensure that state government keeps its spending focused on its main priorities – and ensure that proper controls and audits are in place to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. Further, I will continue to oppose increasing taxes."
  • Jobs, the Economy and the American Dream
Excerpt: "Reduce and review all existing government regulations. Implement bi-partisan Economic Development and Jobs Creation plans. Ensure that tax incentives for companies locating in Virginia are being used and in compliance with their stated objectives. Ensure that Virginia maintains its right-to-work status. Ensure that Virginia’s higher education system maintains its affordability and level of quality. Work towards achievable, affordable and realistic transportation solutions."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I am passionate about maintaining our top state schools, and working to keep them affordable for all Virginians. I also want to make sure that our local schools are properly preparing our children for the next step in their education. With record spending in the public schools, lack of money should no longer be used as the 'excuse' for poor test grades and proper preparation. I also support the rights of parents as the first educators of their children, and will support and defend those who choose to Home-School their children."
  • Life and Family Issues
Excerpt: "I believe that life begins at the moment of conception. ...I believe that marriage as defined by God is between a man and a woman – and support Virginia’s attempts to keep it as such."
  • Personal Property, the 2nd Amendment and Constitutional Rights
Excerpt: "I will be an advocate for property rights and will oppose any and all efforts of the Government to confiscate private property. I believe that the Government closer to the people is more aware and better serves its constituents."

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Ramadan won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 87. Ramadan ran unopposed in the June 11 Republican primary and defeated John Bell (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 87 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Ramadan Incumbent 50.3% 10,274
     Democratic John Bell 49.3% 10,087
     Write-in Write-in 0.4% 80
Total Votes 20,441

Race snapshot

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

Incumbent Ramadan won this seat in 2011 by only 51 votes, and donors have poured money into both sides of the race during Ramadan's bid for a second-term in this district on the western fringes of the Washington, DC, urban area. John Bell (D), an Air Force veteran who ran for the House of Delegates in 2009, was endorsed by Democracy for America and aimed to win in this district that President Barack Obama (D) won with 56 percent of the vote in 2012. However, Governor Bob McDonnell (R) carried this district with 59 percent of the vote in 2009, and although both candidates had raised substantial sums of money, Ramadan had a significant fundraising advantage as of early September. Bell was the first of the two candidates to run a television advertisement, which went on the air in mid-September.[3][4][5][6][7]

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

Ramadan ran in the 2011 election for Virginia House District 87. He defeated Jo-Ann Chase in the primary on August 23, 2011 and defeated Mike Kondratick in the November 8 general election.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 87 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Ramadan 50.2% 5,435
     Democratic Mike Kondratick 49.8% 5,384
Total Votes 10,819

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Ramadan received $627,102 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Ramadan's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$104,450
Heavin, Howard Gary$75,000
Heavin, Howard Gary$75,000
Opportunity Virginia PAC$40,000
Ramadan, David$37,000
Total Raised in 2011 $627,102
Total Votes received in 2011 5,435
Cost of each vote received $115.38

Endorsements


David Ramadan radio interview on the John Fredericks Show

2013

In 2013, Ramadan’s endorsements included the following:[10]

  • Frank Wolf, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Virginia Police Benevolent Association
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
  • Betsy Davis, Mayor of Middleburg
  • Ralph Buona, Supervisor, Ashburn District, Loudoun Board of Supervisors

Personal

Ramadan and his wife, Christie, live in Dulles, VA.

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Preceded by
Paula Miller
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