Onzlee Ware

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Onzlee Ware
Virginia House of Delegates District 11
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 11
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, 1976
J.D.North Carolina Central School of Law, 1984
Date of birth01/04/1954
Place of birthGreensboro, NC
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Onzlee Ware is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003.


Ware earned his B.A. from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University in 1976 and his J.D. from North Carolina Central School of Law in 1984.

Since 1988, Ware has been the owner of the Law Office of Onzlee Ware and Associates.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Ware won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 11. Ware ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic primary. He was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013.[2]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Ware won re-election to District 11 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[3]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Ware was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Troy Bird in the General Election. [4]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 11 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Onzlee Ware (D) 7,519
Troy Bird (R) 4,934


Candidate survey responses

Ware's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test provides an overview of a candidate's views on a number of issues. Ware did not answer the question asking his top priorities.[5]

  • HB 1644 Early voting; qualified registered voter may vote in person from 19 to three days before election.
  • HB 2266 Freedom of Information Act; exemption for name, address, etc., of complainants relating to zoning.
  • HB 2662 Community development authorities; allowed to request additional taxes from locality. [6]

Campaign donors


In 2011, Ware received $71,262 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Onzlee Ware's campaign in 2011
Ware Onzle$3,649
American Electric Power$3,250
Realtors PAC$3,000
Alpha Natural Resources$2,000
Virginia Bankers Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $71,262


Delegate Ware seeking re-election

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

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia Legislative Black Caucus $7,500
Virginia Association of Realtors $5,000
Virginia Dental Assoc $4,000
Home Builders Association of Virginia $4,000
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Assoc $2,500


Ware is divorced and has one child. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, Sigma Pi Phi - Beta Phi Boule Fraternity, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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