|Running for Attorney General of Virginia|
|Date of primary||May 17-18, 2013|
|General election||November 5, 2013|
|Virginia House of Delegates District 58|
|2002 - Present|
|January 8, 2014|
|Years in position||11|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|Next election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Virginia|
|J.D.||University of Virginia School of Law, 1995|
|Place of birth||Palo Alto, CA|
He is currently running as a Republican candidate for attorney general of Virginia. The Republican primary nominating convention will take place on May 17-18, 2013, followed by a general election on November 5, 2013.
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.
Bell's official website lists his main issues as mental health reform, better schools, and public safety. 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."
In the 2012-2013 session, Bell served on the following committees:
- Commerce and Labor
- Courts of Justice, Vice Chair
- Health, Welfare and Institutions
- Privileges and Elections
In the 2010-2011 session, Bell served on the following committees:
- Courts of Justice
- Mental Health Subcommittee, Chair
- Criminal Law Subcommittee
- Health, Welfare and Institutions
- Subcommittee #3, Chair
- Privileges and Elections
- Appointments Subcommittee, Chair
- Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
- Ethics (Special) Subcommittee, Chair
- 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.
- See also: Virginia attorney general election, 2013
Bell is seeking the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2013. The Republican Party of Virginia is holding a statewide primary convention to select its nominee for attorney general on May 17-18.
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.
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" -- 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. 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.
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. 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.
Bell's campaign has been endorsed by the following individuals:
For a complete list of Bell's supporters, visit his Official campaign website.
In 2009, Bell was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. 
|Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 58 (2009)|
|Rob Bell (R)||18,402|
|Cynthia Neff (D)||8,948|
In 2011, Bell received $405,559 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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:
|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.
- Rob Bell - Official Campaign Website
- Delegate Rob Bell official website
- Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Bell
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001
- Richmond Sunlight profile
- Delegate Bell Facebook profile
- ↑ Washington Post, "Del. Bell to run for Virginia attorney general," December 5, 2011
- ↑ Delegate Rob Bell Homepage
- ↑ Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron
- ↑ Rob Bell for AG, "Official Campaign Website 2013," accessed December 10, 2012
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
- ↑ The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
- ↑ Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
- ↑ Politico, "Michael Bloomberg hits Virginia attorney general candidate," October 29, 2013
- ↑ Politico, "Planned Parenthood targets Mark Obenshain in ad," October 29, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post, "National Republican group gives an additional $660K to Obenshain campaign for Virginia AG," October 26, 2013
- ↑ Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
- ↑ Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
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