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Richard Bell, Virginia legislator

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Richard Bell
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Virginia House of Delegates District 20
In office
January 13, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy Hospital Corp
Years of service1967-1973
Place of birthStaunton, VA
ProfessionHigh School Special Education Teacher (retired)
Office website
Campaign website
Richard P. Bell is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 20. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2009.


Bell attended Blue Ridge Community College, James Madison University, and Old Dominion University. He is a retired high school special education teacher. He served in the United States Navy Hospital Corp from 1967 to 1973.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


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

Excerpt: "...I Will Continue To..."

  • "Be a leader for education reform and affordable college education."
  • "Push for expanded career and technical education training."
  • "Seek more transparency in the budget process."
  • "Demand that we provide taxpayers with safe schools, safe streets, and safe neighborhoods."
  • "Safeguard our Constitutional rights of life, liberty, and property."


Bell’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • What the People of the 20th Want

Excerpt: "Voters in the 20th District want representatives who listen to them and act on their behalf. They want individual freedom to conduct their own lives and make personal choices. They want to raise their families without excessive government interference, and they want to feel safe in their neighborhoods and their homes. They want a representative who reflects their family values, their work ethic and who understands their hopes, their fears and their dreams. The people of the 20th District want and deserve good government, and I’ll see that they get it!"



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Bell won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 20. Bell ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. The general election took place on November 5, 2013.[2]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

Bell won re-election to the District 20 seat of the Virginia House of Delegates in 2011. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Laura Kleiner (D) in the November 8 general election.[3]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 20 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Bell Incumbent 71.1% 9,522
     Democratic Laura Kleiner 28.9% 3,865
Total Votes 13,387


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Bell was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Erik Curren in the General Election. [4]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 20 (2009)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Richard Bell (R) 15,086
Erik Curren (D) 6,092

Campaign donors


In 2011, Bell received $106,460 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]


In 2009, Bell received $69,544 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


Bell and his wife, Anne, have two children, Erin and Brian.

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Preceded by
Chris Saxman
Virginia House of Delegates District 20
Succeeded by