Scott Surovell

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Scott Surovell
Virginia House of Delegates District 44
In office
January 13, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWest Potomac High School
Bachelor'sJames Madison University, 1993
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
ProfessionCo-founding Partner, Surovell Markle Isaacs and Levy PLC
Office website
Campaign website
Scott A. Surovell is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2009.


Surovell has a B.A. in Political Science from James Madison University and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a co-founding partner in the law firm of Surovell Markle Isaacs and Levy PLC.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Surovell served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Counties, Cities and Towns
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Science and Technology


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


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


Campaign themes


Surovell’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • My Vision For Improving U.S. 1

Excerpt: "In the long term, the Yellow Line should be extended ten miles from Huntington, under Beacon Hill, through Hybla Valley, Woodlawn, and Fort Belvoir and should end in Lorton. Preferably below ground. This is less than one-half the distance of the new twenty-three-mile Silver Line. I believe bus rapid transit in dedicated bus lanes can provide mid-term relief until funding for a Metro Extension is in place."

  • Preserving Virginian's Right to Hunt & Fish

Excerpt: "Keeping our rivers, streams, and lakes clean allows Virginians to enjoy the same activities that I did as a child. Preserving open space is critical to ensuring opportunities to hunt. However, as with all things, there is a time and place for everything, and while the vast majority of gun owners use them responsibly, there are a small number of people who do not. I believe in the right to bear arms to hunt and protect one’s family, but I do not believe that felons, terrorists, or troubled teenagers have a right bear arms that threaten our children."

  • Control Spending Through Innovation

Excerpt: "The government is the steward of taxpayers’ money. All too often, government at every level does not innovate or manage its programs in a cost-conscious way that minimizes taxpayer burdens."

  • Invest in Criminal Justice Enforcement

Excerpt: "While it is easy to say that one is going to be tough on crime and propose new laws criminalizing new behaviors, convicting criminals requires the Commonwealth to actually invest resources in prosecutions. Largely because of television shows, many juries expect first-class forensic services before convicting criminals. As an attorney, I see the effects of these shortcomings daily while defending criminal cases in Virginia’s justice system."

  • Move to a Healthy, Clean Energy Environment

Excerpt: "Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide from coal-fired plants, threaten not only our state, but the entire planet. While the solutions are multiple and require action across the globe, Virginia has a role. In terms of energy efficiency, for example, Virginia ranks 38th among states. We could meet 20 percent of our energy needs through measures like tougher building codes and more conserving commercial lighting and heating."


Surovell’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Transportation

Excerpt: "Everywhere Metro has been extended in Northern Virginia, jobs and housing have followed. I will fight to ensure that Mount Vernon receives the same public infrastructure investments as the rest of Northern Virginia."

  • Education

Excerpt: "Virginia must invest in its first-class colleges, expand existing schools and study whether new colleges are warranted by demand and limited capacity. I will fight for our state’s colleges and universities because our society is strengthened and enriched by educated people. Our children deserve the same opportunities that my parents and I enjoyed."

  • Curb Congestion, Fight Legislative Obstruction



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Surovell won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 44. Surovell ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic Primary. He defeated Joseph A. Glean (I) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 44 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Surovell Incumbent 71% 13,438
     Independent Joseph A. Glean 28.1% 5,321
     Other Write-in 0.9% 162
Total Votes 18,921


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Surovell won re-election to District 44 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated John Barsa (R) and Joseph Glean (I) in the November 8 general election.[4]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 44 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Surovell Incumbent 59.4% 8,738
     Republican John Barsa 39.1% 5,742
     Independent Joseph A. Glean 1.5% 223
Total Votes 14,703


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Surovell lost his bid for re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates.[5]

Campaign donors


In 2011, Surovell received $333,081 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Scott Surovell's campaign in 2011
Virginia Democratic Party$41,710
Allen Allen Allen & Allen$5,000
Franz, Ms Amanda$5,000
Rice, Mr Edward H$5,000
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association PAC$3,500
Total Raised in 2011 $333,081
Total Votes received in 2011 8,738
Cost of each vote received $38.12


The top six donors to Surovell's 2009 campaign were:[7]

Contributor 2009 total
Democratic Party of Virginia $65,743
Amundson for Delegate $15,000
Edward Hart Rice $10,000
Robert J. Surovell $7,613
Consumer Litigation Associates $7,500
Virginia Trial Lawyers Assoc $7,000



In 2013, Surovell’s endorsements included the following:[8]

  • Virginia AFL-CIO
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
  • Northern Virginia Technology Council


Surovell and his wife, Erin, have four children.[1]

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Preceded by
Kris Amundson
Virginia House of Delegates District 44
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