Richard Black (Virginia)

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Richard Black
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Candidate for
Virginia Senate District 13
Prior offices
Virginia House District 32
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
J.D.University of Florida
Military service
Years of service1963-1967
Personal website
Richard Black is the senator-elect for District 13 of the Virginia State Senate. He formerly served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1998 to 2006.

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



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 GOP 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

Virginia State Senate Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Black 38.8% 3,142
Robert Fitzsimmonds 37.4% 3,029
John Stirrup 23.8% 1,923
Total Votes 8,094


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."


Black and his wife Barbara have three children.

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