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|Virginia House of Delegates District 16|
|2008 - Present|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 3, 2009|
|Next general||November 8, 2011|
|High school||Tunstall High School|
|Associate's||Danville Community College|
|Other||School for Bank Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Date of birth||01/13/1952|
|Place of birth||Danville, VA|
|Profession||President and owner, J. W. Squire Company, Inc.|
Merricks is the owner/operator of J.W. Squire Company and River City Specialties & Interiors Incorporated. He spent 25 years in banking, working as a teller at Schoolfield Bank & Trust Company as well as branch manager and executive vice president at First Virginia Bank-Piedmont.
- Counties, Cities and Towns
- Subcommittee #2
- Health, Welfare and Institutions
- Subcommittee #3
- Militia, Police and Public Safety
- Subcommittee #3
- Commerce and Labor
- Subcommittee #1
- HB 1617 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission; extends sunset until July 1, 2014, etc.
- HB 1618 Hunting permit, special; issued to patients from veterans or military hospitals.
- HB 2102 Pittsylvania County; Board of Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to adopt regulations.
Merricks is running for re-election to the District 16 seat of the Virginia House of Delegates. He is unopposed in the August 23 primary and the November 8 general election.
In 2009, Merricks was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He ran unopposed. 
|Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 16 (2009)|
|Donald Merricks (R)||13,074|
Excerpt: "Making the Department of Business Assistance the umbrella organization for all programs pertaining to new and existing businesses of 250 employees or less."
Excerpt: "Creating a pool of funds similar to the Governor’s Opportunity Fund for small businesses expanding in Virginia."
- Cutting Waste and Increasing Accountability in State Government
Excerpt: "There needs to be a process for accountability from every aspect of state government. I propose a performance based outcome analysis within every budget. Programs that show little benefit to the public should be eliminated and funds used where they are most effective."
Excerpt: "I believe there should be a zero-based budgeting process in Virginia. Any organization, department or secretariat receiving state funds must show why they need the dollars, how the money will be spent by line item, and once funds are allocated and approved, they must detail the last 4 months of the fiscal year’s expenditures. Any left over money must revert to the general fund."
Excerpt: "Tap into the corpsman program of the military. These individuals have training and experience beyond many requirements for nurses and physician assistants. Once a corpsman leaves the military, he/she can take the nurses exam in Virginia and if they pass, they will be allowed to work in Virginia as a registered nurse."
Excerpt: "Encourage reimbursement for elderly citizens to remain at home instead of going to long-term care facilities. It is proven this saves money and the elderly, if properly taken care of, have a better quality of life and thrive more at home than being placed in a long-term care facility."
Excerpt: "We must hold colleges and universities accountable for the operating funds received from the state and tie future allocations to increases in tuition."
Excerpt: "We must continue to fund K-12 and support initiatives that enhance classroom instruction and increase accountability."
The top 5 donors to Merricks' 2009 campaign:
|Virginia Association of Realtors||$3,500|
|Virginia Bankers Assoc||$3,000|
|Virginia Dental Assoc||$2,000|
|Alpha Natural Resources||$2,000|
Merricks and his wife, Patti, have two children.
- Campaign website
- Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Donald Merricks
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions:2009, 2007
- Richmond Sunlight profile
- Virginia Public Access Project profile
|Virginia House of Delegates District 16
| Succeeded by|
State of Virginia
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | Auditor of Public Accounts | Superintendent of Public Instruction | Commissioner of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Secretary of Natural Resources | Commissioner of Labor and Industry | Chairman of State Corporation Commission |