Emmett Hanger

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Emmett Hanger
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Virginia Senate District 24
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 19
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1995
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFt. Defiance High School
Bachelor'sJames Madison University
Master'sJames Madison University
Date of birth08/02/1948
Place of birthStaunton, VA
Office website
Campaign website
Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (b. August 2, 1948) is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 1995.

Hanger served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1983 to 1992.


Hanger attended Ft. Defiance High School. Hanger received a B.S. in Management and Economics and an M.B.A. at James Madison University.

Hanger worked in commercial real estate. Previously, Hanger served as a Captain in the Army/National Guard from 1972 to 1983.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hanger served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Chair
Local Government
Rehabilitation and Social Services

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, Hanger served on the following committees:


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


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


Campaign themes


Hanger's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "Agriculture in it’s broadest sense including crop and livestock farming, forestry and the seafood industry have long played a vital role in not only Virginia’s economy, but in defining Virginia traditions and Virginia quality of life."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I am a strong supporter of public education. Judge by my actions rather than my words."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "On issues concerning the environment and conservation I take back seat to no one and consider myself to be a Teddy Roosevelt Republican."
  • Gun Rights
Excerpt: "As a rural legislator, I have long been a leading advocate for the protection of 2nd Amendment rights."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "More importantly, the failure to secure our borders jeopardizes our national security. With the federal government failing to do its duty to secure our borders, I believe Virginia must do more to crack down on illegal immigration and I am working hard to make that happen."
  • Social Issues
Excerpt: "Social issues, and in particular, matters of faith, are areas where I cannot compromise. I believe that the dignity of life should be protected and honored from conception until natural death."
  • Tax Reform
Excerpt: "As a conservative Republican, I am a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility, but recognize that the term fiscal responsibility may or may not mean lowering taxes and it may or may not mean reducing spending, but it always should mean providing necessary services in as efficient a manner as is possible and within the constraints of a balanced budget."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "We need to continue laying plans to address transportation policy in a statewide comprehensive manner. There is no question, based on current policy; that we do not have adequate revenue coming into the Transportation Trust Fund to pay for existing needs. Our planning needs to focus on innovations in mass transit and possible alternatives to traditional construction and maintenance programs."



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Virginia State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 9, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2015.[1]


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Hanger won re-election to District 24 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[2]


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Hanger won re-election to the 24th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponents David Cox (D) and Arin Sime (L).[3]

Hanger raised $293,579 for his campaign while Cox raised $41,733 and Sime raised $44,887.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 24 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Emmett Hanger (R) 23,896 65.36%
David Cox (D) 9,757 26.69%
Arin Sime (L) 2,857 7.81%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Hanger received $104,244 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Emmett Hanger's campaign in 2011
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$10,000
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus$5,051
Virginia Healthcare Association$3,000
Opportunity Virginia PAC$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $104,244


Below are Hanger's top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Leadership for Virginia $55,000
Virginia Wine Wholesalers Association $11,500
Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association $10,500
George Logan $10,000
Emmett Hanger $10,000


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In 2014, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 8 through March 10. In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly will be in session from January 14 to February 28, 2015.

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Hanger was born in Staunton, Virginia, on August 2, 1948. He is a member of the Church of the Brethren.

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