Vivian Watts

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Vivian Watts
Vivian Watts.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates District 39
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 19
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1995
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan, 1962
Date of birth06/07/1940
Place of birthDetroit, MI
Office website
Campaign website
Vivian Watts is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 39 since 1996. She previously served from 1982-1986

Watts has worked as Executive Director of Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates, a consultant for the United States Advisory Committee of Intergovernmental Relations, and as an author/researcher for the United States Department of Justice Grant.[1] She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Michigan in 1962.

Issue positions

Watts' answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked what her top priorities were, she responded:[2]

  • 1. Mental health services and procedural reforms to address needs identified as contributing to the Virginia Tech tragedy and the needs of veterans who've experienced brain injuries and post dramatic stress
  • 2. Adequate, sustained, dedicated state transportation funding from broad based taxes that at least matches what Northern Virginia is raising locally
  • 3. staffing standards for nursing homes funded by taxing estates of over $5 million that are not family farms or wholly owned businesses.

Committee assignments


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


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

  • HB 1895 Estate tax; reinstates federal credit amount State would receive payments from deaths.
  • HB 2195 Income tax; in-home health care tax credit.
  • HB 2196 Income tax, state; deduction for certified nursing assistants and home health aides. [3]



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Watts won re-election to District 39 of the Virginia House of Delegates. She was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Dimitris Kolazas (I) in the November 8 general election.[4]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 39 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVivian Watts Incumbent 76.8% 11,297
     Independent Dimitris Kolazas 23.2% 3,409
Total Votes 14,706


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Watts was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She defeated Joe Bury, Matt Cholko, and James Leslie in the General Election. [5]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 39 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vivian Watts (D) 10,391
Joe Bury (R) 7,281
Matt Cholko (L) 580
Jim Leslie (I) 170

Delegate Watts discussing her projects

Campaign donors


In 2011, Watts received $87,185 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vivian Watts's campaign in 2011
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$3,000
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association$2,500
AOL Inc$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $87,185
Total Votes received in 2011 11,297
Cost of each vote received $7.72


The top 5 donors to Watts' 2009 campaign:[7]

Contributor 2009 total
Medical Society of Virginia $4,500
Virginia Dental Assoc $3,000
Dominion $2,500
Northern Virginia Assoc of Realtors $2,500
VTCA - PAC $2,000


Watts and her husband have two children.

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