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Richard Black
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Virginia State Senate District 13
Incumbent
In office
2012-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House District 32
1998-2006
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
J.D.University of Florida
Military service
Service/branchMarines
Years of service1963-1967
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Richard H. Black is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Black served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1998 to 2006.

Biography

Black graduated from the University of Florida in 1973 and earned his J.D. in 1976. He is an attorney. Black joined the Marines in 1963. After the Vietnam War, he served as a flight instructor and attended engineer school.

Committee assignments

2012-2013

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Black’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Jobs & Economy
Excerpt: "Jobs and the economy are the most pressing issues of our day. However, runaway spending and erratic policies of Democrats have made it difficult for businesses to expand and hire."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Transportation was my top priority during my eight years in Richmond. My most important legislation set the framework for building the Route 28 Freeway. I introduced HB735 and several other Rt. 28 bills in 2002. Our plan was to replace traffic lights with overpasses and to widen the road to eight lanes."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "I believe in a smarter, more limited government. We should not increase the tax base by raising taxes but rather by supporting policies that unleash economic potential. The current high-tax approach can only harm the economy."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "We can’t rely on hostile powers for America’s energy. However, the continental shelf—including Virginia’s coasts—holds vast reserves of domestic oil. I’ll work to develop off-shore oil supplies--and to allocate funds they generate for highway construction."
  • Crime
Excerpt: "As a career prosecutor, I understand that justice requires fair trials and appropriate punishments. I have the experience necessary to make positive changes to keep our communities safe."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "As the only combat-wounded veteran in the General Assembly, I used firearms in battle and understand their value more than most. I would not be here today were it not for a Winchester M-14 that I carried in the jungles of Vietnam, as a young Marine officer. I understand the importance of protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights."
  • Life - Core Family Values
Excerpt: "I am pro-life from conception and a supporter of traditional marriage."

Elections

2011

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Black won election to District 13 of the Virginia State Senate. He defeated Robert Fitzsimmonds and John Stirrup in the August 23 Republican primary election. He defeated J. Shawn Mitchell in the November 8 general election.[1][2]

Virginia State Senate, District 13 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Black 57.1% 20,786
     Democratic J. Shawn Mitchell 42.9% 15,613
Total Votes 36,399


Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Black received $623,062 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Black's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$330,563
Virginia State PAC$17,000
Reynolds, Brian$12,500
Opportunity Virginia PAC$11,500
Tradewraps LLC$6,050
Total Raised in 2011 $623,062
Total Votes received in 2011 20,786
Cost of each vote received $29.98

Personal

Black and his wife Barbara have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Quayle
Virginia State Senate District 13
2012–present
Succeeded by
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