James Edmunds, II

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James Edmunds, II
James Edmunds.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates District 60
In office
January 13, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAverett University
Date of birth07/21/1970
Place of birthSouth Boston, VA
Office website
Campaign website
James E. Edmunds, II (b. July 21, 1970) is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 60. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Edmunds earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Averett University in 1996. He runs his family's farm and works as the Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in South Boston. He was also elected to the Halifax County Board of Supervisors in 1999.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Edmunds served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Health, Welfare and Institutions
Militia, Police and Public Safety


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


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


Campaign themes


Edmunds’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Jobs & the Economy

Excerpt: "Recruit new industry, Protect our small businesses, and Keep taxes low"

  • Public Safety

Excerpt: "Stand up for our Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments, and Make sure our police get the resources they need"

  • Education

Excerpt: "Get Southside schools on par with, or better than, the rest of the Commonwealth"

  • Agriculture

Excerpt: "Promote sustainable agriculture so we never become dependent on foreign food sources, and Protect Southside’s family farms"

  • Conservation

Excerpt: "Three things: Clean Air, Clean Water & Open Spaces"



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Edmunds won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 60. Edmunds ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. He defeated Jasper Hendricks, III (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 60 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Edmunds, II Incumbent 64.2% 12,806
     Democratic Jasper Hendricks, III 35.6% 7,105
     Other Write-in 0.2% 35
Total Votes 19,946

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent Edmunds chose to seek his third term and ran unopposed in 2009 and 2011, but this rural district only gave a slim margin of victory, about 51 percent of the vote, to presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) in the 2012 election. Jasper Hendricks, III (D), an activist, had ran for office before and appeared to have attracted a fair amount of attention to his candidacy ahead of the November 2013 election, including an endorsement from Democracy for America. However, Democrats remained at a significant electoral disadvantage in this rural southwestern district.[4][5]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Edmunds won re-election to District 60 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed the November 8 general election.[6]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Edmunds, II was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Edmunds, II (R) 10,968

Campaign donors


In 2011, Edmunds received $45,303 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Edmunds, II's campaign in 2011
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$2,000
HBAV Build-PAC$1,500
The Woodland Inc$1,380
Total Raised in 2011 $45,303


The top five donors to Edmunds' 2009 campaign:[9]

Contributor 2009 total
Hogan for House of Delegates Clarke Hogan $20,000
Virginia Dental Association PAC $4,000
Virginia Wine Wholesalers Assoc $3,220
Virginia Beer Wholesalers Assoc $3,220
Hogan for House of Delegates $2,430


Edmunds and his wife, Jennifer, have two children. He has volunteered with the Good Samaritan Food & Clothing Bank, National Wild Turkey Federation, Wounded Warriors of Iraq and Afghanistan, and Hunters for the Hungry.[1]

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Preceded by
Clarke Hogan
Virginia House of Delegates District 60
Succeeded by