Ken Plum

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Ken Plum
Virginia House of Delegates District 36
In office
1982 - Present
Term ends
January 2012
Years in position 33
Base salary$17,640/day
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 3, 2009
First elected1981
Next generalNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sOld Dominion University, 1965
Master'sUniversity of Virginia, 1967
Date of birth11/03/1941
Place of birthShenandoah, VA
ProfessionEducation Administrator
ReligionEcumenical Christian
Office website
Campaign website
Ken Plum is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 36 since 1982. He is currently the Minority Caucus Chair.

Plum's background is in education - he was an Administrator for Fairfax County Public Schools from 1967-1997, a teacher from 1967-1997, and the Director of Adult and Community Education from 1966-1996.

Plum earned his B.A. at Old Dominion University in 1965 and his M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in 1967.

He currently sits on the board of Celebrating Special Children, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association Board, and the Virginia Literacy Foundation.[1]


2011 Priorities

  • Working for a stable economy and job growth.
  • Serving as a role model for civility in public life.
  • Protecting and enhancing funding for public schools
  • Expanding transportation choices including rail in the Dulles Corridor.
  • Safeguarding our environment.
  • Keeping our community safe.

2007 political awareness test

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

  • Work to improve quality of the environment and use of renewable energy.
  • Expand mass transit
  • Strengthen our public education programs, pre-K through college[2]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:

  • HB 2176 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Fund; established.
  • HB 2177 Rechargeable battery recycling; authorizes localities to ban disposal of certain.
  • HB 2538 Virginia Advisory Redistricting Commission; created. [3]



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

Plum is running for re-election to the District 36 seat of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and will be opposed by Hugh Cannon in the November 8 general election.


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Plum was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Mac Cannon in the General Election. [4]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 36 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Plum (D) 12,893
Mac Cannon (R) 8,581

Campaign donors


The top 5 donors to Plum's 2009 campaign:[5]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia Bankers Assoc $8,000
Virginia Trial Lawyers Assoc $7,500
Virginia Assoc of Health Plans $5,342
Virginia Professional Fire Fighters $5,000
Virginia Assoc of Realtors $5,000


Plum and his wife, Jane, have four children.

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