Joe T. May
|Joe T. May|
|Virginia State Senate, District 33|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||January 21, 2014|
|Virginia House of Delegates, District 33|
|1994 - 2014|
|Bachelor's||Electrical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute|
|Years of service||1955-1958|
|Place of birth||Broadway, VA|
|Religion||Church of the Brethren|
On December 3, 2013, May left the Republican party. He cited concerns over party leadership choosing the site of a nominating convention that would keep many voters from participating.
May earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1962. He founded a technology firm called EIT in 1977, which has since manufactured products used for UV light measurement and railroad safety.
May compared opponents of a gas tax hike to homeowners who don’t want to pay their gas or electric bills. May said transportation needs to be treated as a utility, or Virginia isn’t going to compare favorably with her neighbors.
“I’m concerned when we cross the North Carolina line, we’re going to look like East Berlin if we stay on this track,” May said.
May shared his thoughts on the 2011 redistricting process in Virgina.
In the 2012-2013 session, May served on the following committees:
In the 2010-2011 session, May served on the following committees:
- Transportation, Chair
- Transportation Subcommittee, Chair
- Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee
- Higher Education Subcommittee
- Technology Oversight and Government Activities Subcommittee
- Science and Technology
- Subcommittee #1
- HB 2421 Freedom of Information Act; definition of public record.
- HB 2422 Voting equipment; locality that acquired DREs prior to 7-1-07 may temporarily conduct election.
- HB 2426 Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; extends implementation of prohibition.
A special election for the position of Virginia State Senate District 33 was called for January 21. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 26, 2013. The seat was vacant following Mark Herring's (D) election as Attorney General of Virginia. Jennifer Wexton (D) defeated John Whitbeck (R) and Joe T. May (I) in the special election, which took place on January 21.
|Virginia State Senate, District 33, Special Election, 2014|
|Independent||Joe T. May||9.8%||2,117|
|Virginia House of Delegates District 33 Republican Primary, 2013|
|Joe May Incumbent||42.7%||2,201|
In 2009, Joe T. May was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He ran unopposed. 
|Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 33(2009)|
|Joe T. May (R)||22,489|
In 2011, May received $132,220 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joe T. May's campaign in 2011|
|Virginia Auto Dealers Association||$9,250|
|Northern Virginia Technology Council||$7,500|
|Alpha Natural Resources||$6,000|
|The Republican Pary Of Virginia||$5,013|
|Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association||$3,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$132,220|
The top 5 donors to May's 2009 campaign:
|Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Assoc||$11,500|
|Virginia Assoc of Realtors||$4,150|
|Northern Virginia Technology Council||$4,000|
|Virginia Bankers Assoc||$4,000|
|Alpha Natural Resources||$3,500|
In 2013, May's endorsements included the following:
May and his wife, Susan, have two children. He sits on the Board of Directors of the 4-H Educational Center, is the President of Foxfield Homeowners Association, and a Board Member of the Virginia Tech Engineering Committee of 100. 
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions:2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999
- Richmond Sunlight profile
- Virginia Public Access Project profile
- Twitter page
- LinkedIn page
- sbe.virginia.gov, "Official candidate list," accessed December 31, 2013
- ballot-access.org, "Virginia Legislator Leaves Republican Party, Will Run as an Independent for State Senate if Seat Becomes Vacant," December 3, 2013
- "VDOT preps to extract more federal dollars than ever," Old Dominion Watchdog, December 3, 2010
- "Joe May talks redistricting," Virginia Statehouse News, April 21, 2011
- Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron
- nbc29.com, "VA Senate Special Election Set Jan. 21," December 20, 2013
- Washington Post, "Democrats win state Senate seat in Northern Virginia — and perhaps control of the chamber," January 21, 2014
- Virginia Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed January 30, 2014
- Virginia Board of Elections, "Unofficial Primary Results," Accessed June 13, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
- Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results
- Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
- Joe May for Delegate, Accessed May 6, 2013
- Project Vote Smart - Delegate May
|Virginia House of Delegates District 33
| Succeeded by|
Dave A. LaRock (R)
State of Virginia
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