Janet Howell

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Janet Howell
Janet Howell.jpg
Virginia Senate District 32
In office
1991 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 24
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1991
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sOberlin College
Master'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
Date of birth05/07/1944
Place of birthWashington, DC
Office website
Campaign website
Janet D. Howell has been a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 32. She was first elected to the chamber in 1991.


Howell received a B.A. at Oberlin College and M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Children and Families
Excerpt: "Among her many accomplishments for children and families, Janet authored the legislation to set up the nation’s first online sexual predator registry. She headed the Commission to Prevent Family Violence that totally overhauled Virginia’s response to family violence."
  • Quality Education
Excerpt: "As a former public school teacher and PTA leader, Janet fights to improve Virginia's public schools and universities by reducing class size, hiring and retaining the best and brightest teachers, and securing funding for new facilities and programs."
  • Equitable Taxes
Excerpt: "Janet has succeeded in reducing taxes on cars, food, taxpayers 62 and older, over-the-counter medicines and non-profit organizations."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Janet is fighting to balance our region's growth and its infrastructure. She has implemented ingenious methods of funding transportation at low cost to taxpayers."
  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "Janet works with business leaders to assure our region's economic vitality. She is called "the Technology Senator" and has received more awards from that industry than any other legislator."
  • Personal Decisions
Excerpt: "Janet believes government has no business in personal, family decisions. End-of-life decisions are best made by families and doctors without government interference. Janet strongly defends a woman's right to choose."



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Howell won re-election to District 32 of the Virginia State Senate. She was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and defeated Patrick Forrest in the November 8 general election.[2]

Virginia State Senate, District 32 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Howell Incumbent 60.3% 26,026
     Republican Patrick Forrest 39.7% 17,122
Total Votes 43,148


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Howell won re-election to the 32nd District Seat in the Virginia State Senate.[3]

Howell raised $241,951 for her campaign.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 32 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Janet Howell (D) 28,089 97.17%
Write-in 818 2.82%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Howell received $548,304 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Janet Howell's campaign in 2011
Virginia Democratic Party$169,279
Virginia Hospital Association$14,500
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$10,029
Virginia Dental Association$7,500
Total Raised in 2011 $548,304
Total Votes received in 2011 26,026
Cost of each vote received $21.07


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

Contributor 2007 total
Suzann W. Matthews $15,000
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association $7,500
Dominion (Energy & Natural Resources) $7,500
MVM Inc. (Security) $5,000
Oracle (Electronics) $4,000


Howell was born in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 1944.

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