Ward Armstrong

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Ward Armstrong
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Virginia House of Delegates District 10
Former member
In office
1992 - 2012
State House Minority Leader
February 25, 2007 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 3, 2009
First elected1991
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth06/02/1956
Place of birthRoanoke, VA
Campaign website
Ward Armstrong is a former Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 10 from 1992 to 2012. He served as Minority Leader in the state House from 2007 until he left office in 2012.

An attorney by trade, Armstrong currently sits on the boards of the Virginia Museum of Transportation, Norfolk and Western Historical Society, and the Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce.[1]

Issue positions

On Armstrong's official website he lists four main issues:[2]

  • Economic Development - We must have "pro-active and forward thinking policy. We must also ensure that our citizens have ample economic opportunity to help them provide for their families."
  • Education - "Education is an important tool to help reach a better future."
  • Health & Wellness - "focusing on proactive planning for issues like traffic and infrastructure."
  • Transportation - "New roads are not enough. This challenge requires us to “think outside the box” and look at both long-term and short-term solutions. It is time for more than talk and increased VDOT budgets."

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:


  • HB 1902 Admissions tax; adds Carroll County to list of localities that may impose at events.
  • HB 1904 Virginia Child Protection Accountability System; established.
  • HB 1908 Assault and battery of family/household member; court to order person to obtain certain services.[3]



See also: Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Armstrong briefly considered making a bid for Virginia Lieutenant Governor in the 2013 elections, but announced in in late 2012 that he had decided against entering the 2013 race to succeed Republican incumbent Lt. Gov Bill Bolling. After he removed himself from the ring, Armstrong formally endorsed fellow Democrats Terry McAuliffe for governor and Mark Herring for attorney general.[4]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

Armstrong ran for election to the District 9 seat of the Virginia State Senate. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and was defeated by incumbent Charles Poindexter (R) in the November 8 general election.[5]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 9 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Poindexter 52.7% 13,189
     Democratic Ward Armstrong 47.3% 11,840
Total Votes 25,029

2011 Redistricting

Due to redistricting, Armstrong's residence was switched from district 10 to district 16. The new district would bracket Armstrong against Republican incumbent Donald Merricks, a popular legislator whom Armstrong likes personally. In response to the change, Armstrong decided to move to Bassett, which lies within the newly drawn District 9 and against Republican incumbent Charles Poindexter. 40% of the newly drawn District 9 is composed of areas Armstrong previously represented in District 10.[6]

Race heats up

Armstrong has long been a verbal opponent of the Republican majority of the Virginia House. Many, including Armstrong, believe that the elimination of Armstrong's old district was an attempt to get rid of him. He has stated "This race has never been about electing Charles Poindexter. It’s been about getting rid of Ward Armstrong." Republicans deny these claims. Republican leaders have since contributed $615,000 to Poindexter's campaign. This over three times the average $200,000 being spent on similar house raises. Armstrong has raised nearly a million dollars on his own.[7]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Armstrong was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated C. Edward Creed, II in the General Election. [8]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 10 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ward Armstrong (D) 9,084
C. Edwards Creed, II (D) 6,990

Campaign donors


Delegate Armstrong speaking on education

The top 5 donors to Armstrong's 2009 campaign:[9]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia House Democratic Caucus $61,751
Democratic Party of Virginia $39,606
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Assoc $37,500
Virginia Association of Realtors $32,221
Virginia Bankers Assoc $24,880


Armstrong and his wife, Pamela, have two children.

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Preceded by
Virginia House of Delegates District 10
Succeeded by
Randall Minchew