John Cosgrove

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John Cosgrove
John Cosgrove.jpg
Virginia State Senate, District 16
In office
August 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 6, 2013
First electedAugust 6, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates
2002 - August 2013
Date of birth06/07/1954
Place of birthMontgomery, AL
ProfessionAerospace Engineer
Office website
Campaign website
John A. Cosgrove, Jr. is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on August 6, 2013.

Cosgrove served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 78 from 2002 to August 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 to 2000, and as Vice-Mayor from 2000 to 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:


  • 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.[2]

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."[3]



See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Cosgrove 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, which 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 11 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 took 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 donors


In 2011, Cosgrove received $164,256 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

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 five donors to Cosgrove's 2009 campaign:[10]

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


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. [11]


Cosgrove and his wife, Sue, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Blevins (R)
Virginia Senate District 14
August 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Virginia House of Delegates District 78
2002–August 2013
Succeeded by