Thomas Garrett

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Thomas Garrett
Thomas Garrett.png
Virginia State Senate District 22
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolLouisa County High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Richmond
J.D.T.C. Williams School of Law
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1995-2000
Office website
Thomas A. Garrett, Jr. is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Garrett earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond. He went on to receive his J.D. from T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond.

Garrett has worked as a legislative aide to Delegate Bill Janis of the Virginia House of Delegates. He has also worked as an attorney/prosecutor.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


Garrett's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Job Creation
  • Drug Testing for Welfare
Excerpt: "Tom has called for drug testing for welfare recipients. If law abiding citizens must go through drug testing for employment purposes, that at the very least welfare recipients should go through drug testing so that tax payer money does not go to subsidize illegal activity."
  • Pro-Life
Excerpt: "I assure you that on issues of life, I will vote to protect the first and foremost inalienable right given to us by the Creator. No exceptions."
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Rural Internet
Criticism of opponent

Garrett has stressed reduction of taxes of taxes as a means to create jobs, while saying of his opponent, “His problem is he can’t run on his own record. Since being in office in Lynchburg, he has voted for every proposed tax increase. Real estate property tax and personal property tax have gone up, and unemployment in the Lynchburg area has gone up while he was in office.”[1]



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Garrett won election to District 22 of the Virginia State Senate. He defeated Mark Peake, Bryan Rhode, Brian Bates, and Claudia Tucker in the primary on August 23, 2011. [2][3] He defeated Bert Dodson (D) in the general election on November 8, 2011.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 22 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Garrett 58.2% 28,357
     Democratic Bert Dodson 41.8% 20,389
Total Votes 48,746

Virginia State Senate Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Garrett 25.9% 3,239
Brian Bates 24.6% 3,068
Mark Peake 22.5% 2,809
Bryan Rhode 20.5% 2,560
Claudia Tucker 6.5% 806
Total Votes 12,482

Campaign donors


In 2011, Garrett received $665,823 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Garrett's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$243,233
Middle Resolution PAC$70,485
Friends Of Bill Janis$33,000
7Th District Republican Cmte$22,500
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus$15,927
Total Raised in 2011 $665,823
Total Votes received in 2011 28,357
Cost of each vote received $23.48


Garrett has two children.

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Preceded by
Ralph Smith
Virginia State Senate District 22
Succeeded by