Richard Anderson (Virginia)

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Richard L. Anderson
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Virginia House of Delegates District 51
In office
January 13, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPolytechnic Institute and State University
Master'sWebster University, St. Louis, Missouri
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Date of birth05/30/1959
Place of birthRoanoke, VA
ProfessionUnited States Air Force (retired)
Office website
Campaign website
Richard L. Anderson (b. May 30, 1959) is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Anderson earned his B.A. in political science from Polytechnic Institute and State University and his M.A. in public administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


Anderson’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Restoring the Commonwealth and the economy to prosperity

Excerpt: "Rich’s experience in working with industry and high-tech firms for the Air Force makes him uniquely qualified to help bring prosperity back to our families. He will work hard to keep taxes low, help small businesses grow, and keep Virginia the best place in the nation to do business."

  • Opposing tax increases and wasteful government spending

Excerpt: "Rich believes the last thing we need in a time of economic crisis is higher taxes or more wasteful government spending. Instead, spending must be prioritized to those most important government functions such as education, transportation and public safety."

  • Finding real solutions to the problems of traffic and transportation

Excerpt: "Get our fair share of state transportation dollars, reform and streamline VDOT, and give local communities more control of transportation decisions."

  • Improve education

Excerpt: "Improve education by restoring control of our schools to parents, teachers and local community leaders, and getting dollars and discipline back into the classroom."

  • Stand up for our American values

Excerpt: "Stand up for our American values like the sanctity of life and the 2nd Amendment."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Anderson won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 51. Anderson ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. He defeated Reed Heddleston (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent Anderson first won election in 2009 with a 299 vote margin, but ran uncontested after redistricting in 2011. The district on the southwestern fringes of the Washington, DC, urban area, however, is still arguably quite competitive. President Barack Obama (D) won 51 percent of the vote there in 2012 after Governor Bob McDonnell (R) earned 62 percent from the district in 2009. Reed Heddleston (D), Anderson's opponent, is an Air Force veteran focusing on transportation issues.[3][4][5]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Anderson won re-election to District 51 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed the November 8 general election.[6]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Anderson was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated incumbent Paul Nichols in the General Election. [7]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 51 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard L. Anderson (R) 7,940
Paul Nichols (D) 7,641

Campaign donors


In 2011, Anderson received $93,335 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Anderson (Virginia)'s campaign in 2011
Branscome Paving Co$3,500
Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association$2,500
Garden, Thomas L$2,500
Opportunity Virginia PAC$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $93,335


The top five donors to Anderson's 2009 campaign:[9]

Contributor 2009 total
Republican Party of Virginia $120,675
Middle Resolution PAC $65,589
Richard L. Anderson $30,001
Republican State Leadership Cmte $20,000
Dominion Leadership Trust $10,088


Anderson and his wife, Ruth, have four children.

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Preceded by
Paul Nichols
Virginia House of Delegates District 51
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