|Virginia House of Delegates District 21|
|January 13, 2010 - Present|
|January 13, 2016|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Virginia Beach City Council|
|2002 - Present|
|Place of birth||Virginia Beach, VA|
Villanueva previously worked as a legislative aide to senator Frank Wagner. He has served on the Virginia Beach City Council since 2002.
In the 2012-2013 session, Villanueva served on the following committees:
In the 2010-2011 session, Villanueva served on the following committees:
- Courts of Justice
- Civil Law Subcommittee
- Mental Health Subcommittee
- Subcommittee #1
- Subcommittee #3
Villanueva’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Creating Jobs
Excerpt: "Private sector job growth is the only way to end this recession. Ron is the only candidate in this race with the background to facilitate that job growth. His campaign has been endorsed by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce because business owners understand he has been a pro-jobs Councilman and will be a pro-jobs Delegate."
- Keeping Taxes Low
Excerpt: "Ron Villanueva has been a fighter for our families, keeping taxes low. On Council, he helped pass the biggest tax rate reduction in our city's history as well a tax-rate freeze for Virginia Beach senior citizens. As Delegate, he will oppose raising our taxes to ensure Virginia can keep attracting business and new investment, which will help create good jobs and keep Virginia Beach working!"
Excerpt: "One of the strongest economic engines in our city is Oceana Naval Air Station. When some in the federal government threatened to relocate the base to Florida, Ron worked with like-minded colleagues on City Council to protect Oceana, saving thousands of jobs. Working together, they also developed a better working relationship with the Navy that was lacking in previous Councils, making Virginia Beach better equipped to protect Oceana in the future."
- Transportation Improvements Without Higher Taxes
Excerpt: "Candidates supporting increases in sales taxes or gas taxes have the wrong strategy for the 21st district. ...We should explore conversion of HOV lanes, tapping into economic engines like the ports, securing revenue from offshore energy exploration, and privatizing ABC stores. VDOT also needs a performance audit, so citizens can regain confidence in its effectiveness."
- Job Performance
Excerpt: "Ron's opponent Bobby Mathieson is the least effective Delegate in Hampton Roads with the 8th worst job performance in the entire 100 member House of Delegates – only 18% of his bills passed this year, well below the House average of 49%. Yet, he’s launched a vicious attack campaign funded by Party and Union bosses. Ron's record of effectiveness in Virginia Beach is pro-business, pro-military and pro-citizen, having voted for the largest real estate tax rate cut in history, while his opponent voted to raise sales taxes 25%."
Villanueva won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 21. Villanueva ran unopposed in the June 11 Republican primary. He defeated Susan Bates Hippen (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Virginia House of Delegates, District 21 General Election, 2013|
|Republican||Ronald Villanueva Incumbent||54.4%||10,642|
|Democratic||Susan Bates Hippen||45.4%||8,895|
Incumbent Ronald Villanueva (R) chose to make a bid for his third-term in this district between Virginia Beach and Norfolk. The district gave Governor Bob McDonnell (R) 61 percent of the vote in 2009, but President Barack Obama (D) won it with 52 percent of the vote in 2012, which made this district a potential Democratic target and one Democrats likely needed to win to have a majority in the Virginia House of Delegates with the post-2011 redistricting map. However, observers did rate this district as likely to switch from Republican to Democratic.
On November 8, 2011, Villanueva won re-election to District 21 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Adrianne Bennett (D) in the November 8 general election.
|Virginia House of Delegates, District 21 General Election, 2011|
|Republican||Ronald Villanueva Incumbent||57.4%||6,194|
|Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 21 (2009)|
|Ronald Villanueva (R)||7,673|
|Robert Mathieson (D)||7,659|
In 2011, Villanueva received $348,602 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ronald Villanueva's campaign in 2011|
|Virginia Republican Party||$58,798|
|Dominion Leadership Trust||$24,500|
|Opportunity Virginia PAC||$20,000|
|Majority Leader PAC||$20,000|
|Kilgore For Delegate||$12,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$348,602|
|Total Votes received in 2011||6,194|
|Cost of each vote received||$56.28|
The top 5 donors to Villanueva's 2009 campaign:
|Republican Party of Virginia||$88,681|
|Republican State Leadership Cmte||$80,000|
|Republican National Cmte||$70,000|
|Middle Resolution PAC||$48,291|
|Dominion Leadership Trust||$18,567|
In 2013, Villanueva’s endorsements included the following:
- Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC
Villanueva and his wife, Cathy, have four children.
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- Official campaign site
- Virginia House of Delegates biography
- Virginia Public Access Project profile
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Facebook profile
- Twitter page
- Campaign contributions: 2011, 2009
- Ron Villanueva, "Issues," accessed August 28, 2013
- Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
- University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
- Daily Kos, "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013
- VPAP, "House of Delegates District 21," accessed October 3, 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
- Ronald Villanueva, "Virginia Agriculture Industry Endorses Villanueva," August 28, 2013
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