Phillip Puckett

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Phillip Puckett
Phillip Puckett.jpg
Virginia Senate District 38
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 17
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1997
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee
Master'sVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Date of birth08/10/1947
Place of birthRussell County, VA
ProfessionVP of Business development
Office website
Campaign website
Phillip P. Puckett (b. August 10, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 1997.


Puckett received a B.S. at the University of Tennessee and a M.A. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Puckett has worked as the Vice President of Business Development for First Bank & Trust Company.

Committee assignments


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


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


Distancing from President Obama

Puckett was the first of Virginia's Democratic state legislators to say that he would not support President Obama in 2012. Puckett was facing a tough re-election race against Adam Light ahead of the 2011 elections when he made his comments.[1]

Campaign themes


Puckett's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Job creation and economic development are my top priorities. I will continue to promote our area to recruit new businesses and assist in the promotion and expansion of existing industries."
  • Electric Utility Rate Increases
Excerpt: "I have been speaking out and working extremely hard against Appalachian Power Company's recent rate increases over the past few years."
  • Coal Industry
Excerpt: "In Richmond, I have been a forceful advocate and protector of our region's coal industry and the thousands of jobs it provides to our people. I am fighting to ensure that our economic and energy future includes the thousands of Southwest Virginia coal jobs and the coal that powers nearly half the nation's electricity."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Schools in Southwest Virginia must receive equal funding. Disparity in education funding has no place in the commonwealth of Virginia"
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "The economic growth of our area depends on a quality network of roads. Commerce and industry depend on quality roads for the shipment of products."
  • Safe and Clean Drinking Water
Excerpt: "I will continue to fight for our region's fair share of state and federal resources to ensure that every home in Southwest Virginia has access to safe and clean drinking water."



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Puckett won re-election to District 38 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary election and defeated Adam Light (R) in the November 8 general election.[2]

Virginia State Senate, District 38 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Puckett Incumbent 53% 26,339
     Republican Adam Light 47% 23,328
Total Votes 49,667


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Puckett won re-election to the 38th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate.[3]

Puckett raised $155,806 for his campaign.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 38 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phillip Puckett (D) 28,869 99.34%
Write-in 191 0.65%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Puckett received $1,172,626 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phillip Puckett's campaign in 2011
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus$432,861
Virginia Democratic Party$184,132
Alpha Natural Resources$35,000
Petersen For State Senate$15,000
Virginia Professional Fire Fighters$12,250
Total Raised in 2011 $1,172,626
Total Votes received in 2011 26,339
Cost of each vote received $44.52


Below are Puckett's top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Clyde Stacy $10,000
Alpha Natural Resources $9,750
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association $5,250
Bailey's S&M Brands (Cigarettes) $3,500
Dominion (Energy & Natural Resources) $3,500


Puckett was born in Russell County, Virginia on August 10, 1947. Puckett is married to Jeanette Griffith.

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Preceded by
J. Reasor
Virginia Senate District 38
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