Richard Anderson (Virginia)
|Richard L. Anderson|
|Virginia House of Delegates District 51|
|January 13, 2010 - Present|
|January 13, 2016|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Bachelor's||Polytechnic Institute and State University|
|Master's||Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Place of birth||Roanoke, VA|
|Profession||United States Air Force (retired)|
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.
In the 2012-2013 session, Anderson served on the following committees:
In the 2010-2011 session, Anderson served on the following committees:
- Subcommittee #2
- Science and Technology
- General Laws
- FOIA/Procurement Subcommittee
- Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee
Anderson’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
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.
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.
|Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 51 (2009)|
|Richard L. Anderson (R)||7,940|
|Paul Nichols (D)||7,641|
In 2011, Anderson received $93,335 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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:
|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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- Official campaign site
- Virginia House of Delegates biography
- Virginia Public Access Project profile
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2009
- Candidate LinkedIn page
- Wikipedia page
- Rich Anderson for Delegate, "Virginia Issues," accessed September 4, 2013
- Virginia Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results - General Election," accessed November 5, 2013
- University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
- VPAP, "House of Delegates District 51," accessed October 3, 2013
- Daily Kos, "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
- Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results
- Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
|Virginia House of Delegates District 51
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