Donald Merricks

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Donald Merricks
Virginia House of Delegates District 16
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 7
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolTunstall High School
AssociateDanville Community College
Bachelor'sAverett University
Master'sAverett, 1991
OtherSchool for Bank Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date of birth01/13/1952
Place of birthDanville, VA
ProfessionPresident and owner, J. W. Squire Company, Inc.
Office website
Campaign website
Donald W. Merricks is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 16 since 2008.

Merricks is the owner/operator of J.W. Squire Company and River City Specialties & Interiors Incorporated.[1] 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.

Merricks did not seek re-election in 2013. His seat will be filled by Republican Les R. Adams.

Committee assignments


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


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

  • 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.[2]



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Merricks won re-election to District 16 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[3]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Merricks was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He ran unopposed. [4]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 16 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donald Merricks (R) 13,074


Campaign themes

  • Jobs

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."

  • Healthcare

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."

  • Education

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."

Campaign donors


In 2011, Merricks received $80,145 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donald Merricks's campaign in 2011
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$6,000
Virginia Bankers Association$4,000
Virginia Lifepoint Hospitals PAC$2,500
Electric Cooperatives Of Virginia$2,250
Total Raised in 2011 $80,145


The top 5 donors to Merricks' 2009 campaign:[6]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia Association of Realtors $3,500
Virginia Bankers Assoc $3,000
Dominion $2,500
Virginia Dental Assoc $2,000
Alpha Natural Resources $2,000


Merricks and his wife, Patti, have two children.

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Virginia House of Delegates District 16
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