Lionell Spruill

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Lionell Spruill
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Virginia House of Delegates District 77
In office
1994 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 21
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1993
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPacific Western University
J.D.Norfolk State University
Date of birth12/28/1946
Place of birthSouth Norfolk, VA
Office website
Lionell Spruill, Sr. is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 77. He was first elected to the chamber in 1993. He is currently the Minority Caucus Vice Chair for Outreach.


Spruill earned his B.A. from Pacific Western University and his J.D. from Norfolk State University. Prior to his election to the House, Spruill served on the Chesapeake City Council from 1988 to 1993.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


Official tablet use

Spruill participated in an innovative experiment in the 2011 Virginia House that changed the way he does his business in the legislature. At age 64, and after 16 years in the House of Delegates, he was one of 15 House members to be issued a new iPad, rather than a traditional laptop computer. Spruill says that he used to duck out of sessions to get copies of the bills, and just tell his contacts to "give me a on the phone." He is now using email, accessing copies of legislation on his iPad and texting on his phone. The success of the program is evident as Spruill explained: "Man, I love it...This iPad, you just zap-tap it." The goal of the program is to reduce the amount of paper the Delegates have to deal with in session.[2]

  • HB 2110 Early voting; any qualified voter may vote in person from 17 to 3 days before election, etc.
  • HB 2112 Financial literacy education; school board to implement objectives in middle and high schools.
  • HB 2113 Absentee voting; persons age 65 and older may vote absentee.[3]



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Spruill won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 77. Spruill 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, Spruill won re-election to District 77 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[5]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

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

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 77 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lionell Spruill (D) 12,108

Delegate Spruill speaking on redistricting

Campaign donors


In 2011, Spruill received $127,577 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lionell Spruill's campaign in 2011
National Counseling Group Inc$10,125
Conmed Inc$9,300
Associated Distributors$4,200
Total Raised in 2011 $127,577


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

Contributor 2009 total
Thomas W. Minnick $15,700
Virginia Dental Association $3,000
Virginia Legislative Black Caucus $2,500
Conmed Inc $2,400
Dominion $2,200


Spruill has four children.

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