Ronald Villanueva

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Ronald Villanueva
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Virginia House of Delegates District 21
In office
January 13, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia Beach City Council
2002 - Present
Place of birthVirginia Beach, VA
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Campaign website
Ronald A. Villanueva is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2009.


Villanueva previously worked as a legislative aide to senator Frank Wagner. He has served on the Virginia Beach City Council since 2002.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


Villanueva’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • 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!"

  • Pro-Military

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%."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

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.[2]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 21 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Villanueva Incumbent 54.4% 10,642
     Democratic Susan Bates Hippen 45.4% 8,895
     Other Write-in 0.2% 38
Total Votes 19,575

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

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.[3][4][5]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

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.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 21 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Villanueva Incumbent 57.4% 6,194
     Democratic Adrianne Bennett 42.6% 4,600
Total Votes 10,794


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Villanueva was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated incumbent Robert Mathieson in the General Election. [7]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 21 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ronald Villanueva (R) 7,673
Robert Mathieson (D) 7,659

Campaign donors


In 2011, Villanueva received $348,602 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

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:[9]

Contributor 2009 total
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[10]


Villanueva and his wife, Cathy, have four children.

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Preceded by
Robert Mathieson
Virginia House of Delegates District 21
Succeeded by