Dave Albo

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David B. Albo
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 42nd district
Assumed office
Preceded by Robert K. Cunningham, Sr.
Personal details
Born ( 1962 -04-18) April 18, 1962 (age 52)[1]
Flushing, New York[1]
Political party Republican[1]
Spouse(s) Rita Irene Von Essen[1]
Children Ben[1]
Residence Fairfax Station, Virginia
Alma mater University of Virginia, University of Richmond School of Law[1]
Profession Lawyer[1]
Committees Courts of Justice (chair); General Laws; Privileges and Elections[1]
Religion Episcopalian[1]
Website http://www.davealbo.org/

David B. Albo (born April 18, 1962) is a Republican politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA. He represents the 42nd District of the Virginia House of Delegates and has been a member since 1994.[1]


Albo grew up in Springfield, Virginia.[2] He graduated from Fairfax County public schools — Rolling Valley Elementary and West Springfield High School.[1] He has a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.[1]

Political career[edit]

Albo was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1994. He is the most senior Northern Virginia majority party delegate in the House of Delegates.[3] Albo is Chairman of the Courts of Justice Committee and a member of the General Laws and Privileges and Elections committees.,[1] and a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.[4] Since becoming Chairman of the House of Delegates Courts of Justice committee in 2006 Mr. Albo has overseen the writing of all of the Virginia civil procedure changes including; the creation of the Bill of Complaint as the primary civil pleading, the revision of the jurisdictional limits of the courts, and the modernization of evidentiary law. In addition, Albo has overseen or drafted most of Virginia’s criminal law changes such as; the elimination of parole, the major revision of the drunk driving laws, and most of Virginia’s anti-gang laws. Albo’s complete legislative record is available as part of his House of Delegates biography.[5]

Fees for driving violations[edit]

Albo supported large surcharges for felony and misdemeanor level driving convictions in 2007, a plan that[6] met strong resistance from some Virginia residents.[7] The money raised by the Virginia bill would to go toward transportation funding.[6] Albo was singled out for criticism in part because his law practice specializes in traffic defense, and could ostensibly gain from the new law.[8] Albo countered by arguing that increased punishments on crimes could possibly lower the occurrence of crimes decreasing business for lawyers.[9][10] He further pointed out that this was the case with the "Abuser Fees" that lowered the number of Reckless Driving charges.[11] However, other studies have correlated increased ticketing rates in the years following those in which government revenue has declined.[12]

A primary area of controversy stemmed from the fact that the final bill was amended by the Governor to apply the abuser fees only to Virginia residents, and not those residing in other states.[13] Albo defended the Governor's amendment and described it as a "weakness" but still advocated passage.[14] The following session he voted to repeal his own "Abuser Fees."[15] Responding to the public outcry elected officials repealed the bill in 2008.[16]

Professional career[edit]

Albo was an assistant city attorney for the City of Fairfax from 1990–1994, before going into private practice. During the period from 1988 to 1994 Albo was appointed by the courts to serve as guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children. Albo served as President of the West Springfield Civic Association from 1989 to 1993. He is a partner at a law firm that he co-founded, Albo & Oblon, LLP. The firm specializes in employment law, government contracts, business/civil litigation and traffic law. Albo is a trial lawyer, practicing in the area of employment and traffic defense law.[17] In 2010, Albo was recognized as one of the “Leaders in the Law” by the Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly for his leadership in improving Virginia’s justice system, changing Virginia law, and his important contributions to Virginia’s legal community.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Bio for David B. Albo". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  2. ^ Albo, Dave. "Dave Albo:About Dave". Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates -2012 Seniority". Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "JLARC". JLARC. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Legislation". Virginia House of Delegates. VA LIS. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Craig, Tim (2008-06-27). "Va. Traffic 'Abuser Fees' Spur Backlash". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2008-11-17. 'I've had people from all around the state calling and yelling at me,' said Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax), one of architects of the plan to assess the fees... 
  7. ^ Craig, Tim (2008-06-27). "Va. Traffic 'Abuser Fees' Spur Backlash". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2008-11-17. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and legislative leaders sought to respond Tuesday to a growing backlash over plans to make some Virginia drivers pay hefty surcharges on traffic tickets to finance road improvements. 
  8. ^ Van Riper, Tom (2008-12-18). "The Most Expensive States For Speeding Tickets 2007". Forbes.com (Forbes). Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  9. ^ Tom Van Riper (18 December 2007). "The Most Expensive States For Speeding Tickets 2007". Forbes. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  10. ^ http://pricetheory.uchicago.edu/levitt/Papers/LevittUnderstandingWhyCrime2004.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.chroniclenewspapers.com/articles/2007/08/14/news/commentary/com03.txt
  12. ^ http://research.stlouisfed.org/wp/2006/2006-048.pdf
  13. ^ http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HB3202H4
  14. ^ "Those Abuser Fees--Yeah, We Never Saw Them Coming". YouTube. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dave Albo Flip Flops on Abuser Fees". YouTube. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  16. ^ Davis, Chelyen (2008-03-09). "Abuser fees finally put to an end". Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star (The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company). Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  17. ^ "Albo & Oblon LLP". Albo & Oblon LLP. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  18. ^ Flecher, Paul. "Leaders in Law for 2010". Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

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