|Virginia Senate District 35|
|1980 - Present|
|January 11, 2016|
|Years in position||34|
|Senate Minority Leader|
|Senate Majority Leader|
|House Minority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Bachelor's||University of Maryland|
|Years of service||1958-1960|
|Place of birth||Washington, DC|
Saslaw served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1976 to 1980.
Saslaw received a B.S. in Economics at the University of Maryland and served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Saslaw served on the following committees:
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Saslaw served on the following committees:
Saslaw has been a fervent supporter of raising the gasoline tax in Virginia. The Senate Majority Leader said he was so desperate to raise the gas tax that he would agree to sending a 0.5% sales tax hike to VDOT — something he’d previously opposed because he doesn't want to draw general funds away from education or social services.
"This is a political issue and sooner or later someone's going to have to have a backbone to do something about it," Saslaw said.
Saslaw's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Success
- Excerpt: "Senator Saslaw is known for his long record of fiscally disciplined leadership on the Senate Finance Committee. Since 2008, he has served as a key budget negotiator, and has worked across party lines to pass balanced budgets as constitutionally required."
- Excerpt: "Senator Saslaw believes a strong public education system is key to a productive work force and a strong economy for the 21st Century."
- Public Safety
- Excerpt: "Dick Saslaw serves on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, which is responsible for legislation dealing with public safety. The Senator has been one of the strongest advocates for measures that will make our neighborhoods safer."
- Excerpt: "Dick Saslaw has led the fight for necessary transportation funding for our region. He chairs the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Transportation, and continues to work in a bi-partisan fashion to make sure that Northern Virginia receives its fair share of transportation funding."
- See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011
|Virginia State Senate, District 35 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Dick Saslaw Incumbent||61.7%||15,905|
|Green||Katherine Ann Pettigrew||2.3%||591|
- See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007
Saslaw raised $784,132 for his campaign while Palmiotto raised $0.
|Virginia State Senate, District 35 (2007)|
|Richard "Dick" Saslaw (D)||16,856||77.94%|
|Mario Palmiotto (I)||4,532||20.95%|
In 2011, Saslaw received $1,224,039 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Dick Saslaw's campaign in 2011|
|Virginia Medical Society||$35,000|
|Virginia Bankers Association||$34,297|
|Total Raised in 2011||$1,224,039|
|Total Votes received in 2011||15,905|
|Cost of each vote received||$76.96|
Below are Saslaw's top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:
|Howard Norton III||$100,000|
|Dominion (Energy & Natural Resources)||$30,500|
|West Group Properties||$30,000|
|Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association||$26,000|
|Virginia Association of Realtors||$25,000|
Saslaw was born in Washington, D.C. on February 5, 1940.
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- Dick Saslaw's Campaign website
- Biography from the Virginia Legislature
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions:1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
- Dick Saslaw on Facebook
- Dick Saslaw's YouTube channel
- "VDOT preps to extract more federal dollars than ever," Old Dominion Watchdog, December 3, 2010
- Campaign website, Issues
- Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
- 2007 Election Results, Virginia Senate, District 35
- 2007 Campaign Spending, Virginia Senate, District 35
- Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
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