Mark Obenshain

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Mark Obenshain
Mark Obenshain.jpg
Virginia Senate District 26
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2012
Years in position 11
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$169/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2007
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth06/11/1962
Place of birthRichmond, VA
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Obenshain has been a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate since 2004, representing the 26th district.

Obenshain received a B.A. at Virginia Tech in 1984 and a J.D. at Lee University School of Law in 1987. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

In addition to serving as a senator Obenshain works as an attorney.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Obenshain has been appointed to the following committees:


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

District 26

Obenshain represents Virginia Senate District 26. Senate District 26 includes Harrisonburg, Page County, Rappahannock County, Rockingham County(part), Shenandoah County, Warren County.



On November 8, 2011, Obenshain won re-election to District 26 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary election and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[1]


On Nov. 6, 2007, Obenshain won re-election to the 26th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Maxine Roles (D).[2]

Obenshain raised $234,105 for his campaign while Roles raised $13,989.[3]

Virginia State Senate, District 26 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Obenshain (R) 25,955 70.40%
Maxine Roles (D) 10,862 29.46%


Campaign themes

Obenshain's campaign website lists the following issues:

  • Holding the Line on Taxes
Excerpt: "Our families already pay too much in taxes – on average, more than they spend on food, clothing, and shelter combined. In these economically trying times, higher taxes and fees would be particularly devastating."
  • Better Schools for Virginia’s Children
Excerpt: "Education is one of the most basic responsibilities of government, and I will continue to make it one of my top priorities. I recognize that state government has an important role to play, but also know that the best decisions are made “on the ground” in our local school divisions and not by education bureaucrats in Richmond."
  • Improving Transportation
Excerpt: "I have been a leading proponent of reforming the Virginia Department of Transportation. I took the lead in calling for an external performance audit of the Department, and I championed the reopening of the rest stops with my colleagues from the Shenandoah Valley."
  • Government Reform
Excerpt: "Simply put, government needs to be run more like a business. Of course, there are distinctions, but , but the degree of inefficiency, duplication, and overhead would astound the most seasoned businessman, and many long-entrenched governmental functions would wither under public scrutiny."
  • Strengthening Public Safety
Excerpt: "As a member of the Senate of Virginia, I have worked hard to provide law enforcement and judges with the tools they need to put criminals behind bars and to enhance penalties for gangs and drug felons."
  • Protecting Private Property Rights
Excerpt: "As co-patron of successful legislation defending the property rights of all Virginians against the Kelo-era expansion of government’s eminent domain power to encompass such nebulous categories as economic development, I have been at the forefront of the property rights battle here in Virginia and will continue to work to enshrine eminent domain reform in the Constitution of Virginia."
  • Defending Second Amendment Rights
Excerpt: "I believe strongly in the preservation of our gun rights in Virginia and have worked alongside the NRA to uphold these rights."
  • Promoting Energy Independence
Excerpt: "I stand in strong support of Virginia’s efforts to tap the significant oil deposits along Virginia’s outer continental shelf in an environmentally sensitive manner, and I will work to ensure that Virginia continues to welcome these many and varied approaches to energy independence.
  • Protecting Valley Values of Faith and Family
Excerpt: "I believe in the sanctity of innocent human life and will stand strong to protect the rights of Virginians from those who would drive all references to God and faith from the public square."

Campaign donors


In 2011, Obenshain received $296,741 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Obenshain's campaign in 2011
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association$13,000
Allen Allen Allen & Allen$12,000
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus$6,689
Massie For Delegate$5,000
Silver Honaker Equity LLC$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $296,741


Below are Obenshain's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
David K. Rensin $25,000
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association $8,000
Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (Lawyers) $5,000
2007 Conservative Victory Committee $5,000
Virginia Association of Realtors $4,964


Obenshain was born in Richmond, Virginia on June 11, 1962. He is married to Suzanne Speas Obenshain.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kevin G. Miller
Virginia Senate District 26
Succeeded by