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Israel O'Quinn
Israel O'Quinn.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates District 5
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPatrick Henry High School
Bachelor'sEmory & Henry College
Office website
Campaign website
Israel D. O'Quinn is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


O'Quinn graduated from Emory & Henry College with a degree in political science and history. Prior to attending college, he went to Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, VA.

O'Quinn has previously worked in the office of Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and as the executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia's Victory campaign. He is a former Commissioner on the Virginia Tobacco Commission and a Board member of the Virginia Public Safety Foundation.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, O'Quinn served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Commerce and Labor
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Privileges and Elections


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, O'Quinn served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


O'Quinn's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Agriculture

Excerpt: "If elected, Israel plans to host an agriculture conference at which farmers, vendors and all of Virginia’s agricultural resources can connect and learn best practices. The Commonwealth of Virginia should be there to help the agriculture community, not over-regulate them and choke them to death."

  • Education

Excerpt: "A great education begins with great teachers, and that is why we must recruit and retain the very best educators. To be able to retain those teachers, we must raise Virginia’s teacher pay to the national average. While times are tight now, Education must remain as one of our top priorities."

  • Energy

Excerpt: "Many people throughout the 5th District are employed by a variety of energy companies. While there are those in Washington, DC who would love to shut the energy sector down, their sentiments are extremely misguided. Not only would they put thousands of Southwest Virginians out of work, they would make our electric bills skyrocket. Israel will fight the federal cap and trade legislation that would devastate our economy."

  • Fiscal Responsibility

Excerpt: "Virginia is a pay-as-you-go state, which has saved us from the problems facing many states such as California or New Jersey. We live under a biennial budget and the General Assembly cannot adjourn until that budget is balanced. Once it is balanced, state government cannot exceed its boundaries. Israel believes that is exactly how the budget should work."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

O'Quinn won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 5. O'Quinn ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[2]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, O'Quinn won election to District 5 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 GOP primary and defeated Michael Osborne (I) in the November 8 general election.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Virginia House of Delegates, District 5 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngIsrael O'Quinn 69.5% 12,166
     Independent Michael Osborne 30.5% 5,338
Total Votes 17,504

Campaign donors


In 2011, O'Quinn received $112,887 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Israel O'Quinn's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$5,442
Howell For Delegate$5,000
Alpha Natural Resources$5,000
Smith, Steven C$5,000
Gilliam Jr, Marvin W$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $112,887
Total Votes received in 2011 12,166
Cost of each vote received $9.28



In 2011, O'Quinn’s endorsements included the following:[4]


O'Quinn and his wife, Emily, reside in Bristol, Virginia.

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Preceded by
Bill Carrico
Virginia House of Delegates District 5
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