Rob Bell

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Rob Bell
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Virginia House of Delegates District 58
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 13
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law, 1995
Date of birth04/23/1967
Place of birthPalo Alto, CA
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Rob Bell is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 58 since 2002.

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]

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.

Issue positions

Bell's official website lists his main issues as mental health reform, better schools, and public safety.[3] He has worked to pass laws in each area:

  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."

Committee assignments


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


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

  • 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.[4]



See also: Virginia attorney general election, 2013

Bell ran for the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2013.[5] 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 will take 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.[6]

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"[6] -- 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.[7] 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.[8][6]

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.[9][10] The NRA's assistance paled in comparison, however, to the $2.6 million infusion from the Republican State Leadership Committee into 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.[11]


Bell's campaign has been endorsed by the following individuals:

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


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


Delegate Daniel Marshall III


Carla Harris, Republican Committee Chair

Woody Harris, Emporia City Council


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


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


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

Pittsylvania County

Delegate Donald Merricks

Chris Carter, Former Republican Committee Chair


Delegate Gordon Helsel, Jr.

Paul Keddell, Republican Committee Chair


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


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

For a complete list of Bell's supporters, visit his Official campaign website.


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.[12]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Bell was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. [13]

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


In 2011, Bell received $405,559 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[14]

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


The top 5 donors to Bell's 2009 campaign:[15]

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


Bell and his wife, Jessica, have one child.

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