|Virginia State Senate District 13|
|January 11, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Virginia House District 32|
|Bachelor's||University of Florida|
|J.D.||University of Florida|
|Years of service||1963-1967|
Black served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1998 to 2006.
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.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Black served on the following committees:
- Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
- Education and Health
- General Laws and Technology
- Rehabilitation and Social Services
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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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.
|Virginia State Senate, District 13 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||J. Shawn Mitchell||42.9%||15,613|
|Virginia State Senate Republican Primary, 2011|
In 2011, Black received $623,062 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
|Opportunity Virginia PAC||$11,500|
|Total Raised in 2011||$623,062|
|Total Votes received in 2011||20,786|
|Cost of each vote received||$29.98|
Black and his wife Barbara have three children.
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