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John Edwards
John Edwards (VA).jpg
Virginia Senate District 21
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 19
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1995
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPatrick Henry High School
Bachelor'sPrinceton University, 1966
J.D.University of Virginia Law School, 1970
Date of birthOctober 6, 1943
Place of birthRoanoke, VA
ReligionLutheran (ELCA)
Office website
Campaign website
John S. Edwards (b. October 6, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 1995.


Edwards attended Patrick Henry High School. He received a A.B. at Princeton University in 1966 and attended Union Theological Seminary on a Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowship in New York in 1962. Edwards also received a J.D. at University of Virginia Law School in 1970.

Edwards is an attorney at law. Previously, Edwards served in the United States Marine Corps as a Captain from 1971 to 1973.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Edwards won re-election to District 21 of the Virginia State Senate. He defeated David Nutter (R) in the November 8 general election.[1]

Virginia State Senate, District 21 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Edwards 56% 21,259
     Republican David Nutter 44% 16,728
Total Votes 37,987


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Edwards won re-election to the 21st District Seat in the Virginia State Senate.[2]

Edwards raised $123,889 for his campaign.[3]

Virginia State Senate, District 21 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Edwards) 22,282 98.16%
Write-in 416 1.83%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Edwards received $691,261 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Edwards, Virginia Senator's campaign in 2011
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus$245,000
Virginia Democratic Party$50,361
Dabney, Tom & Karen$25,000
Virginia Professional Fire Fighters$12,000
Saslaw For Senate$10,000
Total Raised in 2011 $691,261
Total Votes received in 2011 21,259
Cost of each vote received $32.52


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

Contributor 2007 total
Karen K. Dabney $5,000
David & Mary Ann Wine $4,200
Virginia Bankers Association $4,000
Dominion (Energy & Natural Resources) $3,500
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield $3,000


Edwards was born in Roanoke, Virginia on October 6, 1943. Edwards is a member of the Lutheran Church (E.L.C.A.).

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