Joseph Morrissey

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Joseph Morrissey
Virginia House of Delegates District 74
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.Georgetown University Law School, 1982
OtherL.L.M. from Trinity College, Dublin
Date of birth09/23/1957
Place of birthWashington, DC
Office website
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.


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.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Morrissey served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Science and Technology


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


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


  • 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.[2]

Campaign themes


Morrissey's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. He listed his top priorities as:[3]

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



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.[4]


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.[5]

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


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Morrissey was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.[6]

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


In 2011, Morrissey received $170,234 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

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
Total Raised in 2011 $170,234
Total Votes received in 2011 11,717
Cost of each vote received $14.53


The top five donors to Morrissey's 2009 campaign:[8]

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


Morrissey is single and has two children.

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