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  |Name = Joseph Morrissey
 
  |Name = Joseph Morrissey
 
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  |Position = Virginia House of Delegates District 74
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  |Position = Virginia House of Delegates, District 74
  |Status = Incumbent
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  |Status = Former Member
  |Tenure = 2008 - Present
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  |Tenure = January 14, 2015 - March 25, 2015
  |Term ends = January 13, 2016
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  |Last election = [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
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  |First elected = [[State legislative special elections, 2015#January 13, 2015|January 13, 2015]]
 
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  |Religion = Catholic
 
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  }}{{tnr}}'''Joseph D. Morrissey''' is a former [[Independent]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing [[Virginia House of Delegates District 74|District 74]] from January 14, 2015 to March 25, 2015.  He previously held the seat as a [[Democrat]] from 2007 to January 13, 2015. He resigned following his conviction of a misdemeanor stemming from his relationship with a 17-year-old girl. He was re-elected to the seat as an [[Independent]] in a special election on [[State legislative special elections, 2015#January 13, 2015|January 13, 2015]].<ref name=nbcwashington>[http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Va-Lawmaker-Joseph-D-Morrissey-Resigning-After-Teen-Sex-Case-286232371.html ''NBC Washington'', "Va. Lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey Resigning After Teen Sex Case," December 18, 2014]</ref><ref name=VAResultsTwo/>
{{TOCnestright}}'''Joseph D. Morrissey''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing District 74. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.
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On March 25, 2015, Morrissey resigned his seat in the [[Virginia House of Delegates]] to run for the [[Virginia State Senate]], announcing he would challenge [[Roz Dance]] in the [[Democratic]] primary.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/joe-morrissey-announces-virginia-state-senate-campaign/2015/03/25/e99f7d28-d2f9-11e4-a62f-ee745911a4ff_story.html Rachel Weiner, ''The Washington Post'', "Joe Morrissey announces Virginia state Senate campaign," March 25, 2015]</ref>  Morrissey failed to qualify for the Democratic primary ballot due to insufficient valid signatures and so will run for the senate as an independent.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/morrissey-to-seek-va-senate-seat-as-an-independent/2015/04/14/332fa518-e2d0-11e4-81ea-0649268f729e_story.html, ''The Washington Post'', "Morrissey to seek Va. Senate seat as an independent," April 14, 2015]</ref>
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
Morrissey earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1979, his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1982, and his L.L.M. from Trinity College, Dublin in 2003.
 
Morrissey earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1979, his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1982, and his L.L.M. from Trinity College, Dublin in 2003.
  
Morrissey is a businessman. He worked as a Law School Teacher in Ireland and Australia from 2001 to 2006, ran a private law practice from 1993 to 2000, and worked as a Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of [[Richmond, Virginia|Richmond]] from 1990 to 1993.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=69982 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Morrissey]</ref>
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Morrissey is a businessman. He worked as a Law School Teacher in Ireland and Australia from 2001 to 2006, ran a private law practice from 1993 to 2000, and worked as a Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of [[Richmond, Virginia|Richmond]] from 1990 to 1993.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=69982 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Biography," accessed May 28, 2014]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
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===2015 legislative session===
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''Note: In the 2015 legislative session, Morrissey was not assigned to any standing committees.''
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===2014 legislative session===
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In the 2014 legislative session, Morrissey served on the following committees:
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===2012-2013===
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In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Morrissey served on the following committees:
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===2010-2011===
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In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Morrissey served on the following committees:
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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* HB 1811 Deferred disposition; allows court to defer & dismiss any criminal case other than Class 4 felonies.   
 
* HB 1811 Deferred disposition; allows court to defer & dismiss any criminal case other than Class 4 felonies.   
 
* HB 1814 Plastic bags; bans use by retailers at point of sale unless designed & manufactured for reuse.
 
* HB 1814 Plastic bags; bans use by retailers at point of sale unless designed & manufactured for reuse.
* HB 2318 Firearms; any person who sells three or more firearms at show be licensed as a firearms dealer.<ref>[http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+mbr+H201C Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron]</ref>
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* HB 2318 Firearms; any person who sells three or more firearms at show be licensed as a firearms dealer.<ref>[http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+mbr+H201C ''Legislative Information System'', "Bill Tracking," accessed May 28, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2007====
 
====2007====
Morrissey's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are [http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=69982 available]. He listed his top priorities as:<ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=69982 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Morrissey ''Issue Positions'']</ref>
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Morrissey's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are [http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=69982 available]. He listed his top priorities as:<ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=69982 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Issue Positions," accessed May 28, 2014]</ref>
 
*1. eliminate pay day loans
 
*1. eliminate pay day loans
 
*2. eliminate/repeal abusive driver fees
 
*2. eliminate/repeal abusive driver fees
 
*3. strong SCC supervision for any electric hike request
 
*3. strong SCC supervision for any electric hike request
  
==Committee assignments==
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==Elections==
===2012-2013===
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===2015===
In the 2012-2013 session, Morrissey served on the following committees:
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia State Senate elections, 2015]]''
* [[Education Committee, Virginia House|Education]]
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{{VA Senate 2015}}
* [[Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, Virginia House|Health, Welfare and Institutions]]
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===2010-2011===
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===2015===
In the 2010-2011 session, Morrissey served on the following committees:
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*[[Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, Virginia House|Health, Welfare and Institutions]]
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**Subcommittee #3
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*[[Education Committee, Virginia House|Education]]
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**Students and Day Care Subcommittee
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**Teachers and Administrative Action Subcommittee
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==Elections==
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===2013===
 
===2013===
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013]]''
  
Morrissey won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|Virginia House of Delegates]] District 74. Morrissey ran unopposed in the June 11 [[Democratic]] primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.<ref>[http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=HOD&map=CTY  ''Virginia Board of Elections,'' “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013]</ref>
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Morrissey won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|Virginia House of Delegates]] District 74. Morrissey ran unopposed in the June 11 [[Democratic]] primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=HOD&map=CTY  ''Virginia Board of Elections,'' “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011]]''
  
On November 8, 2011, Morrissey won re-election to District 74 of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]]. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated [[Dwayne Whitehead]] (I) in the November 8 general election.<ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/8_s.shtml ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' - November 2011 General Election Official Results]</ref>
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On November 8, 2011, Morrissey won re-election to District 74 of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]]. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated [[Dwayne Whitehead]] (I) in the November 8 general election.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/8_s.shtml ''Virginia State Board of Elections'', "November 2011 General Election Official Results," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009]]''
  
In 2009, Morrissey was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=VA&y=2009#results_summary_H Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results]</ref>
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In 2009, Morrissey was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=VA&y=2009#results_summary_H ''Follow the Money'', "Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
 
===2011===
 
===2011===
In 2011, Morrissey received $170,234 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=VA&y=2011&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2011 contributions]</ref>
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In 2011, Morrissey received $170,234 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=VA&y=2011&f=H&so=O#sorttable ''Follow the Money'', "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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===2009===
 
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The top five donors to Morrissey's 2009 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113869 Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
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The top five donors to Morrissey's 2009 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113869 ''Follow the Money'', "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref>
 
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==Scorecards==
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{{Virginia legislature scorecards|Begin=2012|End=2015}}
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==Controversies==
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===Grand Jury Indictment===
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On June 30, 2014, a grand jury issued five indictments on felony charges of indecent liberties with a minor, possession of pornographic images of an underage female and of solicitation to obtain the images. Special prosecutor William Neely alleged that Morrissey had sex with a 17 year-old girl twice in his law office and texted someone about it. Morrissey's attorneys argued that a secretary in the representative's law office erroneously claimed the girl was 22 and that no sexual activity took place.<ref name=jury/>  He was convicted of a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 12 months in jail with six months suspended.<ref name=nbcwashington/>
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===Felony Charges===
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Just barely a week after winning a [[Virginia state legislative special elections, 2015|special election]] to fill his own seat, Morrissey faced more criminal charges stemming from his relationship with a then-17-year-old receptionist from his office and the steps he took to explain away his actions.  Special Prosecutor William Neely announced on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, that Morrissey has been charged with four felony counts for perjury and forgery of court documents.  According to Neely, the child support documents Morrissey used to explain his midnight encounter with the underage girl were made up.  On December 12, 2014, Morrissey entered an [http://definitions.uslegal.com/a/alford-plea/ Alford plea] for a misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge.  During his plea hearing, his defense entered into evidence a Chesterfield JDR child support order to prove his claim that the underage girl was at his house at midnight to discuss her father's failure to comply with court-ordered child support.  But, according to the Commonwealth, the child support order was falsified by Morrissey.<ref name=np>[http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Joe-Morrissey-Charged-with-Forgery-Perjury-289322501.html Loren Thomas, ''Newsplex.com'', "Joe Morrissey Charged with Forgery, Perjury," January 21, 2015]</ref>  Morrissey is also being charged with persuading the girl's mother to vouch for the authenticity of the document in court.  Deidre Warren, the girl's mother, is also facing perjury and forgery charges stemming from the plea hearing.<ref name=ap>[http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/01/newly_re-elected_virginia_lawm.html The Associated Press, ''AL.com'', "Newly re-elected Virginia lawmaker Joe Morrissey, convicted in sex scandal, indicted again," January 21, 2015]</ref>  His plea agreement covered all existing charges against Morrissy, and requires him to spend his nights in jail.<ref name=wp>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/virginia-delegate-morrissey-faces-new-criminal-charges/2015/01/21/f8e3c42e-a108-11e4-903f-9f2faf7cd9fe_story.html Jenna Portnoy and Rachel Weiner, ''The Washington Post'', "Virginia lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey faces new criminal charges," January 21, 2015]</ref>  But, his plea agreement did not cover any new crimes, which is why Neely was able to bring additional charges against the Delegate.  Morrissey turned himself into the Henrico County Jail on January 21st following the indictments.  His bail is currently set at $2,000.<ref name=np/>
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===Photo===
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On May 14, 2015, Morrissey raised eyebrows when he handed a photo to a reporter of himself, the teenage secretary with which he was accused of having a sexual affair, and her baby.<ref name=jez>[http://jezebel.com/pol-who-denied-affair-with-teenage-staffer-hands-report-1704783660 Anna Merlan, ''Jezebel'', "Pol Who Denied Affair with Teenage Staffer Hands Reporter a Baby Photo," May 15, 2015]</ref>  The reporter, Joe St. George with WTVR CBS 6 in Richmond, uploaded the [https://twitter.com/JoeStGeorge/status/598908775119069184/photo/1 photo] to Twitter, eliciting confused questions from followers as to whether it was an admission of paternity by Morrissey, who had previously denied having an affair and impregnating the staffer.  The reporter responded on Twitter that Morrissey had simply handed him the photo and said, "see you later."  The photo features the three dressed in period costumes.  The [https://twitter.com/Scott_Wise/status/598926085275971584/photo/1 reverse of the photo], which was also posted to Twitter, contained a note that read, "To: Channe {{sic}} 6 From Myrna and Joe," with additional text scribbled out.<ref name=photo>[http://wtvr.com/2015/05/14/joe-morrissey-family-photo/ Joe St. George and Scott Wise, ''WTVR CBS 6'', "Joe Morrissey’s old timey photo raises questions months after baby’s birth," May 14, 2015]</ref> 
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The mother, now 19, gave birth to the child in mid-March, shortly after the former delegate completed a jail stint following an Alford plea to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  She also appeared with Morrissey when he announced he planned to challenge [[Roz Dance]] in the [[Democratic]] primary for [[Virginia State Senate District 16|District 16]] of the [[Virginia State Senate]].<ref name=photo /><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/joe-morrissey-announces-virginia-state-senate-campaign/2015/03/25/e99f7d28-d2f9-11e4-a62f-ee745911a4ff_story.html Rachel Weiner, ''The Washington Post'', "Joe Morrissey announces Virginia state Senate campaign," March 25, 2015]</ref>  Morrissey failed to qualify for the Democratic primary ballot due to insufficient valid signatures and so will run for the Senate as an independent.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/morrissey-to-seek-va-senate-seat-as-an-independent/2015/04/14/332fa518-e2d0-11e4-81ea-0649268f729e_story.html, ''The Washington Post'', "Morrissey to seek Va. Senate seat as an independent," April 14, 2015]</ref>
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On May 20, 2015, Morrissey confirmed during a radio program that he fathered a baby with his former secretary.<ref>[http://www.nbc12.com/story/29113938/joe-morrissey-confirms-child-with-former-secretary ''nbc12.com'', "Joe Morrissey confirms child with former receptionist," accessed May 21, 2015]</ref>
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Morrissey is single and has two children.
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Morrissey has four children. He lives in [[Henrico County, Virginia]] and is a Catholic.<ref>[http://attorneyjoemorrissey.com/about-m-g-llc/ ''Morrissey & Goldman'', "About Joe Morrissey," accessed July 6, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==See also==
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*[[Virginia State Legislature]]
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*[[Virginia House of Delegates]]
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*[[Virginia House of Delegates#Standing committees|Virginia House of Delegates Committees]]
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*[[Virginia state legislative districts]]
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==External links==
 
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20130621171447/http://joemorrisseyfordelegate.com/ Joe Morrissey For Delegate] (Archive)
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*[http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php?id=H0201 Profile from the Virginia House of Delegates]
*[http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/0f597f9a3876ebff85257b6400456917?OpenDocument Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Morrissey]  
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*[http://openstates.org/va/legislators/VAL000108/joseph-d-morrissey/ Profile from Open States]
 
*[http://openstates.org/va/legislators/VAL000108/joseph-d-morrissey/ Profile from Open States]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/delegate.morrissey Joseph Morrissey on Facebook]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=69982 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=69982 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=69982 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=69982 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
*Campaign Contributions:[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113869 2009], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95027 2007]
 
 
*[http://www.richmondsunlight.com/legislator/jdmorrissey/ Richmond Sunlight profile]
 
*[http://www.richmondsunlight.com/legislator/jdmorrissey/ Richmond Sunlight profile]
 
*[http://www.vpap.org/candidates/profile/home/5431 Virginia Public Access Project profile]
 
*[http://www.vpap.org/candidates/profile/home/5431 Virginia Public Access Project profile]
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*Campaign Contributions:[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113869 2009], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95027 2007]
  
 
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Joseph Morrissey
JoeMorrissey.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates, District 74
Former Member
In office
2008-2015, January 14, 2015 - March 25, 2015
Term ends
January 13, 2016
PartyIndependent
Elections and appointments
Last electionJanuary 13, 2015
First electedJanuary 13, 2015
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.Georgetown University Law School, 1982
OtherL.L.M. from Trinity College, Dublin
Personal
Date of birth09/23/1957
Place of birthWashington, DC
ProfessionBusinessman
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Joseph D. Morrissey is a former Independent member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 74 from January 14, 2015 to March 25, 2015. He previously held the seat as a Democrat from 2007 to January 13, 2015. He resigned following his conviction of a misdemeanor stemming from his relationship with a 17-year-old girl. He was re-elected to the seat as an Independent in a special election on January 13, 2015.[1][2]

On March 25, 2015, Morrissey resigned his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to run for the Virginia State Senate, announcing he would challenge Roz Dance in the Democratic primary.[3] Morrissey failed to qualify for the Democratic primary ballot due to insufficient valid signatures and so will run for the senate as an independent.[4]

Biography

Morrissey earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1979, his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1982, and his L.L.M. from Trinity College, Dublin in 2003.

Morrissey is a businessman. He worked as a Law School Teacher in Ireland and Australia from 2001 to 2006, ran a private law practice from 1993 to 2000, and worked as a Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Richmond from 1990 to 1993.[5]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

Note: In the 2015 legislative session, Morrissey was not assigned to any standing committees.

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, Morrissey served on the following committees:

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Issues

  • HB 1811 Deferred disposition; allows court to defer & dismiss any criminal case other than Class 4 felonies.
  • HB 1814 Plastic bags; bans use by retailers at point of sale unless designed & manufactured for reuse.
  • HB 2318 Firearms; any person who sells three or more firearms at show be licensed as a firearms dealer.[6]

Campaign themes

2007

Morrissey's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. He listed his top priorities as:[7]

  • 1. eliminate pay day loans
  • 2. eliminate/repeal abusive driver fees
  • 3. strong SCC supervision for any electric hike request

Elections

2015

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Virginia State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 9, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2015.[8]

2015

See also: Virginia state legislative special elections, 2015

Joseph Morrissey (I) defeated Kevin J. Sullivan (D) and Matt D. Walton (R) in the special election on January 13, 2015.[9][10]

Morrissey's re-election drew controversy from both sides of the aisle. Leaders from both parties indicated that he may be expelled from the chamber or censured when the legislature convened its session on January 14, 2015, though no such motion was ever passed.[10] Sen. Chap Petersen (D), who also works as a private attorney, suggested the legislature may be unable to do anything since the criminal action occurred prior to his re-election.[11][12]

The seat was vacant following Joseph Morrissey's (D) resignation on January 13, 2015, following his misdemeanor conviction on December 12 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.[13]

A special election for the position of Virginia House of Delegates District 74 was called for January 13. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 23, 2014.[14]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 74, Special Election, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Morrissey Incumbent 42.4% 2,840
     Democratic Kevin J. Sullivan 33.4% 2,242
     Republican Matt D. Walton 24.2% 1,622
Total Votes 6,704

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Morrissey won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 74. Morrissey ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[15]

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Morrissey won re-election to District 74 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Dwayne Whitehead (I) in the November 8 general election.[16]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 74 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Morrissey Incumbent 73.2% 11,717
     Independent Dwayne Whitehead 26.8% 4,299
Total Votes 16,016

2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Morrissey was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.[17]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Morrissey (D) 14,605
Michael Gage(R) 4,537

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Morrissey received $170,234 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[18]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseph Morrissey's campaign in 2011
UA PAC$10,000
Tobacco Co Restaurant$7,500
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers$6,000
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association$5,750
Dominion$5,500
Total Raised in 2011 $170,234
Total Votes received in 2011 11,717
Cost of each vote received $14.53

2009

The top five donors to Morrissey's 2009 campaign:[19]

Contributor 2009 total
UA PAC $13,500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $8,500
Merlin Industries Inc. $7,239
Democratic Party of Virginia $6,399
Virginia Dental Association $3,750

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Virginia

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Virginia scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2014-2015

In 2014, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 8 through March 10. In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly will be in session from January 14 to February 28, 2015.

  • Legislators are scored based on their support of pro-business issues during the 2014 legislative session.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on business and quality of life issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that VMA introduced or was part of an coalition that introduced it.

2012-2013

In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly was in regular session from January 11 to March 10. In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 9 to February 25.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on Reproductive Health and Rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on important legislation affecting business and industry.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on the issue of equality.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record on the issues of the principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.

Controversies

Grand Jury Indictment

On June 30, 2014, a grand jury issued five indictments on felony charges of indecent liberties with a minor, possession of pornographic images of an underage female and of solicitation to obtain the images. Special prosecutor William Neely alleged that Morrissey had sex with a 17 year-old girl twice in his law office and texted someone about it. Morrissey's attorneys argued that a secretary in the representative's law office erroneously claimed the girl was 22 and that no sexual activity took place.[20] He was convicted of a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 12 months in jail with six months suspended.[1]

Felony Charges

Just barely a week after winning a special election to fill his own seat, Morrissey faced more criminal charges stemming from his relationship with a then-17-year-old receptionist from his office and the steps he took to explain away his actions. Special Prosecutor William Neely announced on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, that Morrissey has been charged with four felony counts for perjury and forgery of court documents. According to Neely, the child support documents Morrissey used to explain his midnight encounter with the underage girl were made up. On December 12, 2014, Morrissey entered an Alford plea for a misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge. During his plea hearing, his defense entered into evidence a Chesterfield JDR child support order to prove his claim that the underage girl was at his house at midnight to discuss her father's failure to comply with court-ordered child support. But, according to the Commonwealth, the child support order was falsified by Morrissey.[21] Morrissey is also being charged with persuading the girl's mother to vouch for the authenticity of the document in court. Deidre Warren, the girl's mother, is also facing perjury and forgery charges stemming from the plea hearing.[22] His plea agreement covered all existing charges against Morrissy, and requires him to spend his nights in jail.[23] But, his plea agreement did not cover any new crimes, which is why Neely was able to bring additional charges against the Delegate. Morrissey turned himself into the Henrico County Jail on January 21st following the indictments. His bail is currently set at $2,000.[21]

Photo

On May 14, 2015, Morrissey raised eyebrows when he handed a photo to a reporter of himself, the teenage secretary with which he was accused of having a sexual affair, and her baby.[24] The reporter, Joe St. George with WTVR CBS 6 in Richmond, uploaded the photo to Twitter, eliciting confused questions from followers as to whether it was an admission of paternity by Morrissey, who had previously denied having an affair and impregnating the staffer. The reporter responded on Twitter that Morrissey had simply handed him the photo and said, "see you later." The photo features the three dressed in period costumes. The reverse of the photo, which was also posted to Twitter, contained a note that read, "To: Channe [sic] 6 From Myrna and Joe," with additional text scribbled out.[25]

The mother, now 19, gave birth to the child in mid-March, shortly after the former delegate completed a jail stint following an Alford plea to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She also appeared with Morrissey when he announced he planned to challenge Roz Dance in the Democratic primary for District 16 of the Virginia State Senate.[25][26] Morrissey failed to qualify for the Democratic primary ballot due to insufficient valid signatures and so will run for the Senate as an independent.[27]

On May 20, 2015, Morrissey confirmed during a radio program that he fathered a baby with his former secretary.[28]

Personal

Morrissey has four children. He lives in Henrico County, Virginia and is a Catholic.[29]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 NBC Washington, "Va. Lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey Resigning After Teen Sex Case," December 18, 2014
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named VAResultsTwo
  3. Rachel Weiner, The Washington Post, "Joe Morrissey announces Virginia state Senate campaign," March 25, 2015
  4. The Washington Post, "Morrissey to seek Va. Senate seat as an independent," April 14, 2015
  5. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 28, 2014
  6. Legislative Information System, "Bill Tracking," accessed May 28, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "Issue Positions," accessed May 28, 2014
  8. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2015 November Election Calendar," accessed January 2, 2015
  9. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official candidate list," accessed December 30, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "Morrissey, in midst of six-month jail term, wins special election to Virginia House," January 13, 2015
  11. Washington Post, "Jailed Del. Joseph Morrissey is sworn in as Virginia legislative session gets underway," January 14, 2015
  12. Virginia Department of Elections, "Official election results," accessed January 28, 2015
  13. NBC Washington, "Va. Lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey Resigning After Teen Sex Case," December 18, 2014
  14. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Special elections," accessed December 30, 2014
  15. Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
  16. Virginia State Board of Elections, "November 2011 General Election Official Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  20. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named jury
  21. 21.0 21.1 Loren Thomas, Newsplex.com, "Joe Morrissey Charged with Forgery, Perjury," January 21, 2015
  22. The Associated Press, AL.com, "Newly re-elected Virginia lawmaker Joe Morrissey, convicted in sex scandal, indicted again," January 21, 2015
  23. Jenna Portnoy and Rachel Weiner, The Washington Post, "Virginia lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey faces new criminal charges," January 21, 2015
  24. Anna Merlan, Jezebel, "Pol Who Denied Affair with Teenage Staffer Hands Reporter a Baby Photo," May 15, 2015
  25. 25.0 25.1 Joe St. George and Scott Wise, WTVR CBS 6, "Joe Morrissey’s old timey photo raises questions months after baby’s birth," May 14, 2015
  26. Rachel Weiner, The Washington Post, "Joe Morrissey announces Virginia state Senate campaign," March 25, 2015
  27. The Washington Post, "Morrissey to seek Va. Senate seat as an independent," April 14, 2015
  28. nbc12.com, "Joe Morrissey confirms child with former receptionist," accessed May 21, 2015
  29. Morrissey & Goldman, "About Joe Morrissey," accessed July 6, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Morrissey (D)
Virginia House of Delegates - District 74
January 14, 2015-March 25, 2015
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Virginia House of Delegates - District 74
2008–January 13, 2015
Succeeded by
Joseph Morrissey (I)