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|Name = Rob Bell
 
|Name = Rob Bell
 
|Profile picture =Rob Bell.JPG
 
|Profile picture =Rob Bell.JPG
|Current candidacy  = [[Attorney General of Virginia]]
 
|Current candidacy primary date = [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013|May 17-18, 2013]]
 
|Current candidacy election date = [[Virginia state executive official elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
 
 
|Position = Virginia House of Delegates District 58
 
|Position = Virginia House of Delegates District 58
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure = 2002 - Present
 
|Tenure = 2002 - Present
|Term ends = January 8, 2014
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|Term ends = January 13, 2016
 
  |Assumed office = 2002
 
  |Assumed office = 2002
 
  |Political party = Republican
 
  |Political party = Republican
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  |Per diem = $135/day
 
  |Per diem = $135/day
 
  |Pension =
 
  |Pension =
  |Last election = [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011|November 8, 2011]]
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  |Last election = [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
 
  |Appointed =
 
  |Appointed =
 
  |Appointed by =
 
  |Appointed by =
 
  |First elected = 2001
 
  |First elected = 2001
 
  |Term limits =
 
  |Term limits =
  |Next election = [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
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  |Next election = November 3, 2015
 
  |Prior office =
 
  |Prior office =
 
  |Prior office years =
 
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  |Profession = Attorney  
 
  |Profession = Attorney  
 
  |Religion = Methodist
 
  |Religion = Methodist
  |Office website = http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/41c9147c133d0bc985257535005773e0?OpenDocument
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  |Office website = http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/aeb65fd0cd7362d485257b6400456900?OpenDocument
  |Campaign website = http://www.robbellforag.com/  
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  |Campaign website = http://www.delegaterobbell.com/
 
  |Personal website = https://www.facebook.com/DelegateRobBell.Va58
 
  |Personal website = https://www.facebook.com/DelegateRobBell.Va58
  }}{{TOCnestright}}'''Rob Bell''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing District 58 since 2002.  
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  }}{{TOCnestright}}'''Robert B. Bell''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing District 58.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2001.
  
He is currently running as a [[Republican]] candidate for [[Attorney General of Virginia|attorney general]] of [[Virginia]].<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/del-bell-to-run-for-virginia-attorney-general/2011/12/05/gIQAiu71WO_blog.html ''Washington Post,'' "Del. Bell to run for Virginia attorney general," December 5, 2011]</ref> The [[Republican]] primary nominating convention will take place on [[Virginia state executive official elections, 2013|May 17-18, 2013]], followed by a general election on November 5, 2013.
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==Biography==
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Bell earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995. Bell's professional experience includes working as an attorney, state prosecutor, and legal representative.
  
Bell's professional experience includes working as an attorney, state prosecutor, and legal representative.  He earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995.
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Bell ran unsuccessfully for [[Attorney General of Virginia|attorney general]] of [[Virginia]] in 2013, losing to State Sen. [[Mark Obenshain]] at the [[Republican]] primary nominating convention on May 18, 2013.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/del-bell-to-run-for-virginia-attorney-general/2011/12/05/gIQAiu71WO_blog.html ''Washington Post,'' "Del. Bell to run for Virginia attorney general," December 5, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/va-republicans-set-to-nominate-statewide-ticket-for-2013/2013/05/18/a616f92a-bf67-11e2-9b09-1638acc3942e_story.html ''The Washington Post,'' "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013]</ref>
 
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==Issue positions==
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Bell's official website lists his main issues as mental health reform, better schools, and public safety.<ref>[http://www.delegaterobbell.com/index.html Delegate Rob Bell ''Homepage'']</ref>
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He has worked to pass laws in each area:
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*Mental health reform -  "established clear lines of responsibility and oversight over those receiving outpatient care," "revised standard for involuntary commitment," and "colleges can inform parents when their child might seriously harm himself or others."
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*Better schools - "Ban criminal sex offenders from schools during school hours," "Require schools to establish bullying prevention programs," "Require schools to notify parents when a child is a victim of a crime," and "Require additional background checks for school teachers."
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*Public safety - "New drunk driving laws crack down on repeat offenders and “super drunk” drivers," "Laws to mandate jail for drunks who drive with children in the car," "Laws to promote prosecution of child pornographers and sexual predators," and "Laws to keep violent sexual predators off of school property during school hours."
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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**Ethics (Special) Subcommittee, ''Chair''
 
**Ethics (Special) Subcommittee, ''Chair''
  
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==Issues==
 
===Sponsored legislation===     
 
===Sponsored legislation===     
 
* HB 2391 Foreign service; search warrant for electronic communications.  
 
* HB 2391 Foreign service; search warrant for electronic communications.  
 
* HB 2404 Virginia Universities Clean Energy Development and Economic Stimulus Foundation; created.  
 
* HB 2404 Virginia Universities Clean Energy Development and Economic Stimulus Foundation; created.  
 
* HB 2650 Citizens' Right to Know: Pretrial Release Act; pretrial agencies keep detailed record & case record.<ref>[http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+mbr+H139C Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron]</ref>
 
* HB 2650 Citizens' Right to Know: Pretrial Release Act; pretrial agencies keep detailed record & case record.<ref>[http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+mbr+H139C Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron]</ref>
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===Campaign themes===
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====2011====
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Bell’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref>[http://www.delegaterobbell.com/index.html Delegate Rob Bell ''Homepage'']</ref>
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*'''Mental health reform
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Excerpt: "established clear lines of responsibility and oversight over those receiving outpatient care," "revised standard for involuntary commitment," and "colleges can inform parents when their child might seriously harm himself or others."
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*'''Better schools
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Excerpt: "Ban criminal sex offenders from schools during school hours," "Require schools to establish bullying prevention programs," "Require schools to notify parents when a child is a victim of a crime," and "Require additional background checks for school teachers."
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*'''Public safety
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Excerpt: "New drunk driving laws crack down on repeat offenders and 'super drunk' drivers," "Laws to mandate jail for drunks who drive with children in the car," "Laws to promote prosecution of child pornographers and sexual predators," and "Laws to keep violent sexual predators off of school property during school hours."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2013===
 
===2013===
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013]]''
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Bell won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|Virginia House of Delegates]] District 58.  Bell ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary.  He was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013.<ref>[http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=HOD&map=CTY  ''Virginia Board of Elections,'' “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013]]''
  
Bell is seeking the [[Republican]] nomination for [[Attorney General of Virginia|attorney general]] in 2013.<ref>[http://www.robbellforag.com/ ''Rob Bell for AG,'' "Official Campaign Website 2013," accessed December 10, 2012]</ref> Bell will compete against Harrisonburg State Senator Mark Obenshain for delegate votes at the Republican Party of Virginia's statewide primary nominating convention, which will be held on May 17-18. The general election will take place on November 5, 2013.
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Bell ran for the [[Republican]] nomination for [[Attorney General of Virginia|attorney general]] in 2013.<ref>[http://www.robbellforag.com/ ''Rob Bell for AG,'' "Official Campaign Website 2013," accessed December 10, 2012]</ref> Bell lost to Harrisonburg State Senator Mark Obenshain at the Republican Party of Virginia's statewide primary nominating convention on May 17-18. The general election took place on November 5, 2013.
  
 
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===2011===
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011]]''
  
===Endorsements===
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On November 8, 2011, Bell won re-election to District 58 of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]].  He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed the November 8 general election.<ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/8_s.shtml ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' - November 2011 General Election Official Results]</ref>
Bell's campaign has been endorsed by the following individuals:
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5th Congressional District
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Congressman Robert Hurt
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===2009===
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009]]''
  
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In 2009, Bell was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=VA&y=2009#results_summary_H Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results]</ref>
  
Albemarle County
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|-
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| colspan="2" | {{won}} '''Rob Bell (R)'''
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| align="right" | '''18,402'''
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| colspan="2" | Cynthia Neff (D)
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| align="right" | 8,948
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Sheriff Chip Harding
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{|class="wikitable" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" width="205"
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|{{#ev:youtube|ERtAQ-Hk4uQ|300}}<br><span style="font-size:80%">Delegate Bell at a tax day tea party</span>
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Honorable Ken Boyd, County Supervisor
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==Campaign donors==
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===2011===
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In 2011, Bell received $405,559 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=VA&y=2011&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2011 contributions]</ref>
  
Honorable Rodney Thomas, County Supervisor
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{{slp donor box 2011
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|Chamber = Virginia House of Delegates
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 405559
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|total votes =
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|org1 = Piedmont Leadership PAC
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|org2 = Gilliam Sr, Richard B
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|org3 = Gilliam Sr, Richard B
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|org4 = Galbraith, John W
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|org5 = Fort Hill Investors LLC
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|orgdonor1 = 50,000
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|orgdonor2 = 40,000
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|orgdonor3 = 12,500
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|orgdonor4 = 10,000
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|orgdonor5 = 7,500
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|}}
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===2009===
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The top five donors to Bell's 2009 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113934 Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Contributor
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! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | 2009 total
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|-
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|Piedmont Leadership PAC
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|$314,544
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|-
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|Richard B Gilliam Sr.
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|$30,000
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|-
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|R. Ted Weschler
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|$16,000
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|-
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|Barbara J. Fried
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|$10,000
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|-
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|Fort Hill Limited Partnership
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|$10,000
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|-
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|}
  
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==Endorsements==
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===2013===
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In 2013, Bell's endorsements included the following:<ref>[http://www.robbellforag.com/endorsements/ Official Attorney General campaign website]</ref>
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Amelia County
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5th Congressional District:
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Congressman Robert Hurt
  
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Albemarle County:
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Sheriff Chip Harding
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Honorable Ken Boyd, County Supervisor
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Honorable Rodney Thomas, County Supervisor
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Amelia County:
 
Honorable Jim Bennett, County Supervisor
 
Honorable Jim Bennett, County Supervisor
  
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Bland County:
 
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Bland County
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Honorable Nick Asbury, County Supervisor & Republican Committee Chair
 
Honorable Nick Asbury, County Supervisor & Republican Committee Chair
  
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Botetourt County:
 
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Botetourt County
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Delegate Christopher Head
 
Delegate Christopher Head
  
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Buchanan County:
 
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Buchanan County
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Honorable Roger Rife, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
 
Honorable Roger Rife, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
  
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Campbell County:
 
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Campbell County
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Delegate Matt Fariss
 
Delegate Matt Fariss
  
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Caroline County:
 
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Caroline County
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Delegate Robert Orrock
 
Delegate Robert Orrock
 
 
Jeff Sili, Republican Committee Chair
 
Jeff Sili, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Chesapeake:
 
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Chesapeake
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Honorable Rick West, City Councilor
 
Honorable Rick West, City Councilor
 
 
Honorable Nancy Parr, Commonwealth’s Attorney
 
Honorable Nancy Parr, Commonwealth’s Attorney
 
 
Dr. John de Triquet, Vice Mayor
 
Dr. John de Triquet, Vice Mayor
 
 
Honorable Christie New Craig, Vice Chairman, Chesapeake School Board
 
Honorable Christie New Craig, Vice Chairman, Chesapeake School Board
  
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Chesterfield County:
 
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Chesterfield County
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Delegate Roxann Robinson
 
Delegate Roxann Robinson
 
 
Sheriff Dennis Proffitt
 
Sheriff Dennis Proffitt
  
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City of Hopewell:
 
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City of Hopewell
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Sheriff Greg Anderson
 
Sheriff Greg Anderson
  
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Colonial Heights:
 
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Colonial Heights
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Delegate Kirk Cox
 
Delegate Kirk Cox
 
 
Honorable C. Scott Davis, Mayor
 
Honorable C. Scott Davis, Mayor
  
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Danville:
 
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Danville
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Delegate Daniel Marshall III
 
Delegate Daniel Marshall III
  
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Emporia:
 
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Emporia
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Carla Harris, Republican Committee Chair
 
Carla Harris, Republican Committee Chair
 
 
Woody Harris, Emporia City Council
 
Woody Harris, Emporia City Council
  
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Fairfax:
 
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Fairfax
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Delegate David Albo
 
Delegate David Albo
 
 
Delegate Thomas Rust
 
Delegate Thomas Rust
 
 
Honorable John C. Cook, County Supervisor
 
Honorable John C. Cook, County Supervisor
 
 
Honorable John Peterson, Director NOVA SWCD
 
Honorable John Peterson, Director NOVA SWCD
 
 
   
 
   
 
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Fauquier County:
Fauquier County
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Honorable Lee Sherbeyn, County Supervisor
 
Honorable Lee Sherbeyn, County Supervisor
  
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Fluvanna County:
 
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Fluvanna County
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Honorable Jeff Haislip, Commonwealth’s Attorney
 
Honorable Jeff Haislip, Commonwealth’s Attorney
 
 
Debbie Rittenhouse, Republican Committee Chair
 
Debbie Rittenhouse, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Franklin County:
 
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Franklin County
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Delegate Charles Poindexter
 
Delegate Charles Poindexter
  
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Giles County:
 
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Giles County
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Mae Midkiff, Republican Committee Chair
 
Mae Midkiff, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Grayson County:
 
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Grayson County
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State Senator Bill Carrico
 
State Senator Bill Carrico
  
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Greene County:
 
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Greene County
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Sheriff Steven Smith
 
Sheriff Steven Smith
 
 
Gary Lowe, Republican Committee Chair
 
Gary Lowe, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Halifax County:
 
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Halifax County
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Delegate James Edmunds
 
Delegate James Edmunds
  
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Hanover County:
 
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Hanover County
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Delegate Christopher Peace
 
Delegate Christopher Peace
 
 
Honorable Trip Chalkley, Commonwealth’s Attorney
 
Honorable Trip Chalkley, Commonwealth’s Attorney
 
 
Sheriff Dave Hines
 
Sheriff Dave Hines
 
 
Honorable Wayne Hazzard, County Supervisor
 
Honorable Wayne Hazzard, County Supervisor
 
 
Former Delegate Frank Hargrove
 
Former Delegate Frank Hargrove
 
 
Honorable Sean Davis, County Supervisor
 
Honorable Sean Davis, County Supervisor
  
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Henrico County:
 
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Henrico County
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Delegate John O’Bannon
 
Delegate John O’Bannon
 
 
Former Delegate Bill Janis
 
Former Delegate Bill Janis
 
 
Sheriff Mike Wade
 
Sheriff Mike Wade
  
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Isle of Wight County:
 
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Isle of Wight County
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Delegate Rick Morris
 
Delegate Rick Morris
 
 
Bill Coburn, Republican Committee Chair
 
Bill Coburn, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Loudoun County:
 
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Loudoun County
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Delegate Tag Greason
 
Delegate Tag Greason
 
 
Delegate Joe May
 
Delegate Joe May
 
 
Delegate David Ramadan
 
Delegate David Ramadan
  
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Louisa County:
 
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Louisa County
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State Senator Tom Garrett
 
State Senator Tom Garrett
 
 
Bob Arment, Republican Committee Chair
 
Bob Arment, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Lunenburg County:
 
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Lunenburg County
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Delegate Thomas Wright Jr.
 
Delegate Thomas Wright Jr.
 
 
Mike Hankins, Republican Committee Chair
 
Mike Hankins, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Madison County:
 
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Madison County
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Delegate Edward Scott
 
Delegate Edward Scott
 
 
Honorable George Webb, Commonwealth’s Attorney
 
Honorable George Webb, Commonwealth’s Attorney
 
 
William Harvill, Republican Committee Chair
 
William Harvill, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Manassas City:
 
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Manassas City
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Steven Thomas, Republican Committee Chair
 
Steven Thomas, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Newport News:
 
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Newport News
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Hazel Call, Hampton Roads Republican Women Chair
 
Hazel Call, Hampton Roads Republican Women Chair
  
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Norfolk:
 
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Norfolk
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Joyce Mathews, Republican Committee Secretary
 
Joyce Mathews, Republican Committee Secretary
 
 
Nottoway County
 
Nottoway County
 
 
Ronald L. Chipper, Republican Committee Chair
 
Ronald L. Chipper, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Orange County:
 
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Orange County
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Doug Rogers, Republican Committee Chair
 
Doug Rogers, Republican Committee Chair
 
 
Sheriff Mark Amos
 
Sheriff Mark Amos
 
 
Honorable Diana Wheeler, Commonwealth’s Attorney
 
Honorable Diana Wheeler, Commonwealth’s Attorney
  
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Petersburg:
 
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Petersburg
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Debra Mallory, 1st Vice Chair Tri-City Republican Women
 
Debra Mallory, 1st Vice Chair Tri-City Republican Women
  
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Pittsylvania County:
 
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Pittsylvania County
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Delegate Donald Merricks
 
Delegate Donald Merricks
 
 
Chris Carter, Former Republican Committee Chair
 
Chris Carter, Former Republican Committee Chair
  
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Poquoson:
 
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Poquoson
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Delegate Gordon Helsel, Jr.
 
Delegate Gordon Helsel, Jr.
 
 
Paul Keddell, Republican Committee Chair
 
Paul Keddell, Republican Committee Chair
  
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Portsmouth:
 
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Portsmouth
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Honorable Ted Lamb, School Board
 
Honorable Ted Lamb, School Board
  
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Powhatan County:
 
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Powhatan County
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Delegate Lee Ware Jr.
 
Delegate Lee Ware Jr.
  
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Prince George County:
 
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Prince George County
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Barbara Tabb, Former Republican Committee Chair
 
Barbara Tabb, Former Republican Committee Chair
  
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Prince William County:
 
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Prince William County
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Delegate Richard Anderson
 
Delegate Richard Anderson
 
 
Delegate Jackson Miller
 
Delegate Jackson Miller
 
 
Honorable Peter Candland, County Supervisor
 
Honorable Peter Candland, County Supervisor
  
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Richmond:
 
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Richmond
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Jerilynn Grigsby, Tuckahoe Republican Women Chair
 
Jerilynn Grigsby, Tuckahoe Republican Women Chair
  
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Roanoke County:
 
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Roanoke County
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Former Delegate William Fralin
 
Former Delegate William Fralin
  
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Scott County:
 
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Scott County
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Delegate Terry Kilgore
 
Delegate Terry Kilgore
  
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Spotsylvania County:
 
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Spotsylvania County
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Delegate Mark Cole
 
Delegate Mark Cole
  
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Stafford County:
 
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Stafford County
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Delegate Mark Dudenhefer
 
Delegate Mark Dudenhefer
 
 
Delegate William Howell, Speaker, House of Delegates
 
Delegate William Howell, Speaker, House of Delegates
  
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Tazewell County:
 
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Tazewell County
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Delegate James W. Morefield
 
Delegate James W. Morefield
  
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Virginia Beach:
 
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Virginia Beach
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Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto
 
Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto
 
 
Delegate Barry Knight
 
Delegate Barry Knight
 
 
Delegate Harry Purkey
 
Delegate Harry Purkey
 
 
Delegate Christopher Stolle
 
Delegate Christopher Stolle
 
 
Delegate Ronald Villanueva
 
Delegate Ronald Villanueva
 
 
Honorable Patrick Salyer, School Board Member
 
Honorable Patrick Salyer, School Board Member
  
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Washington County:
 
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Washington County
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Delegate Israel O’Quinn
 
Delegate Israel O’Quinn
  
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Westmoreland County:
 
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Westmoreland County
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Delegate Margaret Ransone
 
Delegate Margaret Ransone
 
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For a complete list of Bell's supporters, visit his [http://www.robbellforag.com/endorsements/ Official campaign website].
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011]]''
 
 
On November 8, 2011, Bell won re-election to District 58 of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]].  He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed the November 8 general election.<ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/8_s.shtml ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' - November 2011 General Election Official Results]</ref>
 
 
===2009===
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009]]''
 
 
In 2009, Bell was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=VA&y=2009#results_summary_H Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results]</ref>
 
 
{{Votebox |
 
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| colspan="2" | {{won}} '''Rob Bell (R)'''
 
| align="right" | '''18,402'''
 
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| colspan="2" | Cynthia Neff (D)
 
| align="right" | 8,948
 
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{|class="wikitable" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" width="205"
 
|-
 
|{{#ev:youtube|ERtAQ-Hk4uQ|300}}<br><span style="font-size:80%">Delegate Bell at a tax day tea party</span>
 
|}
 
</div>
 
 
==Campaign donors==
 
===2011===
 
In 2011, Bell received $405,559 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=VA&y=2011&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2011 contributions]</ref>
 
 
{{slp donor box 2011
 
|Chamber = Virginia House of Delegates
 
|party = Republican
 
|total raised = 405559
 
|total votes =
 
|org1 = Piedmont Leadership PAC
 
|org2 = Gilliam Sr, Richard B
 
|org3 = Gilliam Sr, Richard B
 
|org4 = Galbraith, John W
 
|org5 = Fort Hill Investors LLC
 
|orgdonor1 = 50,000
 
|orgdonor2 = 40,000
 
|orgdonor3 = 12,500
 
|orgdonor4 = 10,000
 
|orgdonor5 = 7,500
 
|}}
 
===2009===
 
The top 5 donors to Bell's 2009 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113934 Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
|-
 
! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Contributor
 
! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | 2009 total
 
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|Piedmont Leadership PAC
 
|$314,544
 
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|Richard B Gilliam Sr.
 
|$30,000
 
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|R. Ted Weschler
 
|$16,000
 
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|Barbara J. Fried
 
|$10,000
 
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|Fort Hill Limited Partnership
 
|$10,000
 
|-
 
|}
 
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
 
Bell and his wife, Jessica, have one child.
 
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Rob Bell
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Virginia House of Delegates District 58
Incumbent
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 12
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law, 1995
Personal
Birthday04/23/1967
Place of birthPalo Alto, CA
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Robert B. Bell is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 58. He was first elected to the chamber in 2001.

Biography

Bell earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995. Bell's professional experience includes working as an attorney, state prosecutor, and legal representative.

Bell ran unsuccessfully for attorney general of Virginia in 2013, losing to State Sen. Mark Obenshain at the Republican primary nominating convention on May 18, 2013.[1][2]

Committee assignments

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Issues

  • HB 2391 Foreign service; search warrant for electronic communications.
  • HB 2404 Virginia Universities Clean Energy Development and Economic Stimulus Foundation; created.
  • HB 2650 Citizens' Right to Know: Pretrial Release Act; pretrial agencies keep detailed record & case record.[3]

Campaign themes

2011

Bell’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Mental health reform

Excerpt: "established clear lines of responsibility and oversight over those receiving outpatient care," "revised standard for involuntary commitment," and "colleges can inform parents when their child might seriously harm himself or others."

  • Better schools

Excerpt: "Ban criminal sex offenders from schools during school hours," "Require schools to establish bullying prevention programs," "Require schools to notify parents when a child is a victim of a crime," and "Require additional background checks for school teachers."

  • Public safety

Excerpt: "New drunk driving laws crack down on repeat offenders and 'super drunk' drivers," "Laws to mandate jail for drunks who drive with children in the car," "Laws to promote prosecution of child pornographers and sexual predators," and "Laws to keep violent sexual predators off of school property during school hours."

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Bell won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 58. Bell ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. He was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013.[5]

See also: Virginia attorney general election, 2013

Bell ran for the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2013.[6] Bell lost to Harrisonburg State Senator Mark Obenshain at the Republican Party of Virginia's statewide primary nominating convention on May 17-18. The general election took place on November 5, 2013.

Race background

In March 2013, Governing magazine rated Virginia's open attorney general seat as "vulnerable" heading into the 2013-2014 elections because incumbent Republican Ken Cuccinelli was not running for re-election.[7]

The race to replace Cuccinelli began at the primary nomination stage; both Republican convention and Democratic election candidates drew primary contests. On May 18, two "strong fiscal and social conservatives"[7] -- state Sen. Mark Obenshain and state Rep. Rob Bell -- competed for delegate votes at the Republican Party of Virginia's closed nominating convention, which Obenshain won.[8] The nominee's late father, GOP politician Richard Obenshain, died in a plane crash during his 1978 campaign for U.S. Senate. Obenshain faced state Sen. Mark Herring in the general election. Herring defeated former assistant U.S. Attorney for Virginia Justin Fairfax in the Democratic primary election, which took place on June 11, 2013.[9][7]

Although Obenshain was considered the early front-runner, polls showed Herring leading by a very slim margin in late October 2013, a likely effect, or occupational hazard, for Obenshain, of sharing what had become a contaminated GOP ticket. One week before election day, at least two influential backers - Planned Parenthood and Independence USA PAC - hoped to widen the gap with roughly one million dollars worth of media spots lampooning Obenshain for his past support of a "personhood" amendment, which would have banned birth control and abortions regardless of the circumstances," in addition to his stance against increased background checks on prospective gun owners. Independence USA PAC was heavily driven by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The PAC had already invested millions into ads hammering "far-right" Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli for his affiliation with the National Rifle Assocation (NRA), and the buys against Obenshain sought to lump the lesser-known AG contender together with Cuccinelli, who was the most recognizable, and possiblly most troubled, candidate appearing on the party's statewide ticket in 2013. Meanwhile, the NRA went on the counterattack; the organization unleashed a $500,000 anti-Herring ad into targeted Virginia markets.[10][11] The NRA's assistance paled in comparison, however, to the $2.6 million infusion from the Republican State Leadership Committee into the the effort to elect Obenshain, whom the committee viewed as the only hope for preventing Democrats from scoring a clean sweep of the state-row races in 2013.[12]


2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Bell won re-election to District 58 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed the November 8 general election.[13]

2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Bell was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. [14]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 58 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rob Bell (R) 18,402
Cynthia Neff (D) 8,948

Delegate Bell at a tax day tea party

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Bell received $405,559 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[15]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rob Bell's campaign in 2011
Piedmont Leadership PAC$50,000
Gilliam Sr, Richard B$40,000
Gilliam Sr, Richard B$12,500
Galbraith, John W$10,000
Fort Hill Investors LLC$7,500
Total Raised in 2011 $405,559

2009

The top five donors to Bell's 2009 campaign:[16]

Contributor 2009 total
Piedmont Leadership PAC $314,544
Richard B Gilliam Sr. $30,000
R. Ted Weschler $16,000
Barbara J. Fried $10,000
Fort Hill Limited Partnership $10,000

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Bell's endorsements included the following:[17]


5th Congressional District: Congressman Robert Hurt

Albemarle County: Sheriff Chip Harding Honorable Ken Boyd, County Supervisor Honorable Rodney Thomas, County Supervisor

Amelia County: Honorable Jim Bennett, County Supervisor

Bland County: Honorable Nick Asbury, County Supervisor & Republican Committee Chair

Botetourt County: Delegate Christopher Head

Buchanan County: Honorable Roger Rife, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

Campbell County: Delegate Matt Fariss

Caroline County: Delegate Robert Orrock Jeff Sili, Republican Committee Chair

Chesapeake: Honorable Rick West, City Councilor Honorable Nancy Parr, Commonwealth’s Attorney Dr. John de Triquet, Vice Mayor Honorable Christie New Craig, Vice Chairman, Chesapeake School Board

Chesterfield County: Delegate Roxann Robinson Sheriff Dennis Proffitt

City of Hopewell: Sheriff Greg Anderson

Colonial Heights: Delegate Kirk Cox Honorable C. Scott Davis, Mayor

Danville: Delegate Daniel Marshall III

Emporia: Carla Harris, Republican Committee Chair Woody Harris, Emporia City Council

Fairfax: Delegate David Albo Delegate Thomas Rust Honorable John C. Cook, County Supervisor Honorable John Peterson, Director NOVA SWCD

Fauquier County: Honorable Lee Sherbeyn, County Supervisor

Fluvanna County: Honorable Jeff Haislip, Commonwealth’s Attorney Debbie Rittenhouse, Republican Committee Chair

Franklin County: Delegate Charles Poindexter

Giles County: Mae Midkiff, Republican Committee Chair

Grayson County: State Senator Bill Carrico

Greene County: Sheriff Steven Smith Gary Lowe, Republican Committee Chair

Halifax County: Delegate James Edmunds

Hanover County: Delegate Christopher Peace Honorable Trip Chalkley, Commonwealth’s Attorney Sheriff Dave Hines Honorable Wayne Hazzard, County Supervisor Former Delegate Frank Hargrove Honorable Sean Davis, County Supervisor

Henrico County: Delegate John O’Bannon Former Delegate Bill Janis Sheriff Mike Wade

Isle of Wight County: Delegate Rick Morris Bill Coburn, Republican Committee Chair

Loudoun County: Delegate Tag Greason Delegate Joe May Delegate David Ramadan

Louisa County: State Senator Tom Garrett Bob Arment, Republican Committee Chair

Lunenburg County: Delegate Thomas Wright Jr. Mike Hankins, Republican Committee Chair

Madison County: Delegate Edward Scott Honorable George Webb, Commonwealth’s Attorney William Harvill, Republican Committee Chair

Manassas City: Steven Thomas, Republican Committee Chair

Newport News: Hazel Call, Hampton Roads Republican Women Chair

Norfolk: Joyce Mathews, Republican Committee Secretary Nottoway County Ronald L. Chipper, Republican Committee Chair

Orange County: Doug Rogers, Republican Committee Chair Sheriff Mark Amos Honorable Diana Wheeler, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Petersburg: Debra Mallory, 1st Vice Chair Tri-City Republican Women

Pittsylvania County: Delegate Donald Merricks Chris Carter, Former Republican Committee Chair

Poquoson: Delegate Gordon Helsel, Jr. Paul Keddell, Republican Committee Chair

Portsmouth: Honorable Ted Lamb, School Board

Powhatan County: Delegate Lee Ware Jr.

Prince George County: Barbara Tabb, Former Republican Committee Chair

Prince William County: Delegate Richard Anderson Delegate Jackson Miller Honorable Peter Candland, County Supervisor

Richmond: Jerilynn Grigsby, Tuckahoe Republican Women Chair

Roanoke County: Former Delegate William Fralin

Scott County: Delegate Terry Kilgore

Spotsylvania County: Delegate Mark Cole

Stafford County: Delegate Mark Dudenhefer Delegate William Howell, Speaker, House of Delegates

Tazewell County: Delegate James W. Morefield

Virginia Beach: Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto Delegate Barry Knight Delegate Harry Purkey Delegate Christopher Stolle Delegate Ronald Villanueva Honorable Patrick Salyer, School Board Member

Washington County: Delegate Israel O’Quinn

Westmoreland County: Delegate Margaret Ransone

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