Matt Fariss

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Matt Fariss
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Virginia House of Delegates District 59
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
C. Matthew "Matt" Fariss is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 59. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


Fariss' website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Jobs

Excerpt: "As a small businessman, Matt has long been a job producer in the local economy for years. As delegate, he will apply the same common sense principles that he has learned in the private sector. He has firsthand knowledge of how stifling government regulations inhibit job creation. While in Richmond, Matt will work tirelessly to remove government obstacles to economic growth and will strive to ensure that job producers are rewarded and welcomed in our commonwealth."

  • Abortion

Excerpt: "Matt believes that there is no more sacred right guaranteed to our citizens than the right to life. Beling raised with a mentally challenged uncle, Matt is all the more aware that ALL life is precious. In the House of Delegates, Matt will be a vigorous defender of the unborn. Throughout his time in office, Matt will author, support, and vote for any legislation that will protect life. Recognizing also that the value of life must be first and foremost in our society, Matt also believes that capital punishment is appropriate for those who take life."

  • Taxes and Spending

Excerpt: "Matt understands that there is nothing that strangles economic development like excessive taxation. He is a firm believer that the commonwealth taxes too heavily and spends too wastefully. As delegate, "he will cut the fat" from Virginia's budget and fight against tax increases. Matt will be an ardent spokesman for Virginia's families and businesses that are over-taxed while also fighting to ensure that tax dollars are spent in the most effective manner."

  • Marriage

Excerpt: "Matt is firmly opposed to any attempt to undermine traditional marriage through recognition of same sex couples. As delegate, he will oppose any effort on the state or local level to allow for marriage, partnership benefits, or recognition. Matt will work diligently to ensure that what has happened in New York and elsewhere will never happen in Virginia. He will be a constant and staunch ally of traditional marriage and the belief that such unions and recognition should only ever be between one man and one woman."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Fariss is running for re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 59. Fariss ran unopposed in the June 11 Republican primary. The general election takes place on November 5, 2013.


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Fariss won election to District 59 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He obtained the Republican nomination and defeated Connie Brennan (D) and Linda Wall (I) in the November 8 general election.[1]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 59 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Fariss 53.1% 11,651
     Democratic Connie Brennan 41.3% 9,069
     Independent Linda Wall 5.6% 1,228
Total Votes 21,948

Campaign donors


In 2011, Fariss received $340,844 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[2]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matt Fariss's campaign in 2011
The Hopper Company$171,900
Dominion Leadership Trust$10,035
Opportunity Virginia PAC$10,000
Majority Leader PAC$8,000
Friends Of Kathy Byron$6,604
Total Raised in 2011 $340,844
Total Votes received in 2011 11,651
Cost of each vote received $29.25

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Preceded by
Watkins Abbitt, Jr.
Virginia House of Delegates District 59
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