|Virginia House of Delegates District 86|
|2002 - Present|
|January 8, 2014|
|Years in position||13|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1965|
|Master's||George Washington University (1978), University of Virginia (1989)|
|Date of birth||07/21/1941|
|Place of birth||Front Royal, VA|
Rust earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1965, his M.A. in public works engineering from George Washington University in 1978, and his M.A. in Urban/Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia in 1989. Prior to his election to the House, Rust served as Mayor of the town of Herndon, Virginia from 1976 to 1984 and 1990 to 2001.
In the 2012-2013 session, Rust served on the following committees:
In the 2010-2011 session, Rust served on the following committees:
- Science and Technology, Vice Chair
- Higher Education and Arts Subcommittee, Chair
- Standards of Quality Subcommittee
- Subcommittee #4, Chair
- Subcommittee #2
- Commerce and Labor
- Subcommittee #2
- HB 2021 Driving without license; motor vehicle impounded if previously convicted of certain offenses.
- HB 2022 Technology Services, Council on; eliminates Council.
- HB 2023 Virginia Information Technologies Agency; to delegate powers & responsibilities.
- Jobs + the Economy
- Excerpt: "We must make sure that the funding provided in the new transportation package is efficiently used to develop a modern, efficient transportation system to keep our workforce and our economy moving. We must invest more resources into public and higher education to make sure that Virginia’s students are ready to power the workforce of tomorrow."
- Excerpt: "This session, I supported the first new sustainable, long-term transportation funding and reform package in 27 years. This bipartisan solution will make sure that Virginia’s economy isn’t stuck sitting behind the wheel, but will continue to move forward."
- K-12 Education
- Excerpt: "Virginia’s public education system is one of the best in the nation, but we can do more to make it the best. Our students will power the workforce of tomorrow – and it will be global, more mobile, social, and diverse. This means supporting options that will give our teachers and school divisions the tools and resources they need to expand classroom access, close the achievement gap, and improve student performance by expanding on Virginia’s student-centered approach."
- Higher Education
- Excerpt: "We need to increase access to our community colleges and trade schools, giving students more options for their futures and expanding career opportunities. STEM education – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education – is one of the keys to our future economy."
- Excerpt: "Too many working Virginians do not have access to affordable healthcare, and we need to do more to make sure that everyone has access to affordable, quality care. I copatroned a budget amendment to work with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to create a path for access to healthcare for uninsured, working Virginias [sic] unable to access affordable care."
Rust’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Creating Good Paying Jobs
- Excerpt: "Tom will continue to work to keep taxes low because Tom understands raising taxes on the middle class right now will only hurt our economy even more."
- Improving Public Education
- Excerpt: "Tom remains committed to our public school system - fighting to raise teacher pay and increase K-12 funding." He "is leading the fight to make in-state universities affordable and accessible for Virginia students."
- Fixing Transportation
- Excerpt: "Tom will continue to work to secure transportation dollars for projects like rail to Dulles that are vital to attracting and keeping employers in our community."
- Protecting the Environment
- Excerpt: "Promoting alternative energy not only improves the environment, it also can create good paying jobs right here in Virginia."
Rust won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 86. Rust ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary and defeated Jennifer B. Boysko (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.
This suburban Washington, DC, district awarded Governor Bob McDonnell (R) with 53 percent of the vote in 2009 before swinging heavily to grant President Barack Obama (D) 60 percent of the vote in 2012. Rust, the Republican incumbent since 2002, ran unopposed in 2011 but faced Democracy for America-supported challenger Boysko during the 2013 campaign. Rust is a moderate, but a spirited campaign by Jennifer B. Boysko (D) and her Democratic supporters had the potential to put this seat in the Democrat's column on election night 2013. Based on the 2012 presidential vote, this seat was the most Democratic seat held by a Republican officeholder heading into the 2013 House of Delegates elections.
In 2009, Rust was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. 
|Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 86 (2009)|
|Tom Rust (R)||8,256|
Delegate Rust discussing his projects
In 2011, Rust received $255,034 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Tom Rust's campaign in 2011|
|Fried, Ms Barbara J||$10,000|
|Hazel, Mr William A||$7,500|
|Albrittain Family Trust||$7,000|
|NVTC Tech PAC||$6,500|
|Toups, Mr John M||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$255,034|
Listed below are the top five donors to Rust's 2009 campaign:
|Dominion Leadership Trust||$164,200|
|Friends of S. Chris Jones||$25,000|
|B. Mark Fried||$21,000|
|Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association||$18,500|
|Northern Virginia Association of Realtors||$17,645|
Rust and his wife, Ann, have three children.
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- Delegate Tom Rust official website
- Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Tom Rust
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions:2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001
- Virginia Public Access Project profile
- Richmond Sunlight profile
- Wikipedia page
- Project Vote Smart - Delegate Rust
- Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron
- Tom Rust - Delegate, "Issues," accessed September 18, 2013
- Tom Rust Issues
- Virginia Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results - General Election," accessed November 5, 2013
- University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
- VPAP, "House of Delegates District 86," accessed October 3, 2013
- Democracy for America, "Boysko for Delegate," 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
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