Joseph Yost

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Joseph Yost
Virginia House of Delegates District 12
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRadford University
Master'sRadford University
Place of birthGiles County
ProfessionJail diversion coordinator
Office website
Campaign website
Joseph R. Yost is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 12. He was first elected in to the chamber in 2011.


Yost earned his B.S. and M.A. in criminal justice from Radford University. His professional experience includes working as a jail diversion coordinator at Mental Health Association of the New River Valley.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


Yost's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Balanced Budget

Excerpt: "As your Delegate, I pledge to take a stand with fiscal responsibility and I will work hard to see that wasteful and frivolous government spending is taken out of the budget. I will also advocate for responsible long-term planning in the form of the building up the rainy day fund to help prevent future budget crises."

  • Behavioral Health

Excerpt: "As Delegate, I will work hard to increase the continuity of care within Virginia and strengthen our community-based mental health system."

  • Jobs

Excerpt: "As your Delegate, I will work hard to see that unnecessary taxes are lowered or removed all together and intrusive big government is put back in its place to provide an environment for increased job creation."

  • Liberty & Freedom

Excerpt: "In an era where government intrusion and regulations are increasing exponentially, nothing is more important than maintaining our personal freedom and liberty. As your Delegate, I will work to ensure that the freedom of the residents of the 12th, the Commonwealth and the Nation are maintained as our Founders envisioned."

  • Veterans Issues

Excerpt: "As your Delegate, I will work to see that the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program increases its capacity and services offered through its program. These men and women gave their all for us, we should be able to give something back them."

  • The People

Excerpt: "I believe that the residents of the 12th District deserve a real voice in Richmond and someone who understands their values. As your Delegate, I will work my hardest to see that the people of the 12th have a voice comparable to those in Northern Virginia and the Tidewater area. The Commonwealth doesn't end at Roanoke!"



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Yost won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 12. Yost ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. He defeated James Harder (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Harder is a Ph.D. student and former Congressional staffer who chose to contest a district held by Democrats for years until 2011, when incumbent Joseph Yost (R) won the district with just under 52 percent of the vote. President Barack Obama (D) won 51 percent of the vote within this district's borders in 2012, and Governor Bob McDonnell (R) captured 51 percent of the vote here in 2009, suggesting this was truly a swing district. However, Yost's moderate views and record won him the endorsement of LGBT rights group Equality Virginia PAC, which did not endorse any other Republican House of Delegates candidates during the 2013 election cycle, and won Yost the award "2013 Legislative Champion of the Year" from the Virginia Education Association. Harder's campaign was endorsed by the pro-Democratic group Democracy for America.[3][4][5][6][7]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Yost won election to District 12 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Don Langrehr (D) in the November 8 general election.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 12 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Yost 51.7% 8,104
     Democratic Don Langrehr 48.3% 7,582
Total Votes 15,686

Campaign donors


In 2011, Yost received $351,338 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseph Yost's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$158,587
Dominion Leadership Trust$108,150
Opportunity Virginia PAC$15,000
Majority Leader PAC$10,000
Friends Of Tim Hugo$3,000
Total Raised in 2011 $351,338
Total Votes received in 2011 8,104
Cost of each vote received $43.35



In 2013, Yost’s endorsements included the following:

  • Equality Virginia PAC[10]
  • Award: Virginia Education Association "2013 Legislative Champion of the Year"[11]


Yost has a wife, Lisa. They live in Blacksburg, VA.

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Preceded by
James Shuler
Virginia House of Delegates District 12
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