John Cosgrove

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John Cosgrove
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Virginia House of Delegates District 78
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 13
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth06/07/1954
Place of birthMontgomery, AL
ProfessionAerospace Engineer
Office website
Campaign website
John Cosgrove is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 78 since 2002. He is a Senator-elect of the Virginia State Senate after winning a special election on August 6, 2013.

Since 1987 Cosgrove has worked as an Aerospace Engineering Officer with United States Navy Reserves. He served on the Chesapeake City Council from 1998-2000, and as Vice-Mayor from 2000-2001.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Cosgrove endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

  • HB 1703 Indoor Clean Air Act; prohibits smoking in certain public buildings, restaurants, etc., exceptions.
  • HB 1876 Wireless telecommunications devices; prohibits use of text messaging while driving certain vehicle.
  • HB 1877 Absentee voting; firefighters and other first responders are entitled thereto.[3]



See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Holmes won election in the special election for Virginia State Senate District 56. The seat was vacant following Harry Blevins (R) retirement on August 5. Cosgrove ran upposed after his opponent, Kerry B. Holmes (D), withdrew prior to the special election that took place on August 6.[4][5][6]

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Cosgrove ran for re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 78. Cosgrove ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. As he won a special election on August 6 for the Senate seat of Harry Blevins (R), his house seat will be filled in the general election that takes place on November 5, 2013.


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Cosgrove won re-election to District 78 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[7]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Cosgrove was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. [8]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 78 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Cosgrove (R) 17,661


Campaign themes

Cosgrove's official website states that he "has focused his efforts on improving public safety, education, transportation and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, as well as our family values."[9]

Campaign donors


In 2011, Cosgrove received $164,256 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Cosgrove's campaign in 2011
Decker Iii, Peter G$5,000
Virginia Automobile Dealers Assoc$4,650
American Electric Power$3,800
Virginia Resort Development PAC$3,500
Total Raised in 2011 $164,256


The top 5 donors to Cosgrove's 2009 campaign:[11]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia Wine Wholesalers Association $3,971
Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association $3,800
Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association $3,750
Virginia Bankers Association $3,000
Vada PAC $2,750


Cosgrove and his wife, Sue, have two children.

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