Herbert H. Bateman

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Herbert Harvell Bateman
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Herb Bateman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1983 – September 11, 2000
Preceded by Paul S. Trible, Jr.
Succeeded by Jo Ann Davis
Member of the Virginia Senate from District 2
In office
1972 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Fred Bateman
Succeeded by Bobby Scott
Personal details
Born (1928-08-07)August 7, 1928
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Died September 11, 2000(2000-09-11) (aged 72)
Leesburg, Virginia
Political party Republican (after 1976)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (before 1976)
Spouse(s) Laura Bateman
Children Herbert H. Bateman Jr., Laura Margaret Bateman
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Profession lawyer
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1951 – 1953
Rank First Lieutenant
Battles/wars Korean War

Herbert "Herb" Harvell Bateman (August 7, 1928 – September 11, 2000) was an American politician in Virginia. He was a nine-term member of the United States House of Representatives, serving as a Republican.

Early life[edit]

Bateman was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on August 7, 1928. However, he lived most of his life in Newport News, Virginia. A graduate of Newport News High School in 1945, Bateman went on to William and Mary to earn a Bachelor's degree. After graduation, he briefly taught at Hampton High School from 1949 to 1951, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force as a 1st lieutenant during the Korean War. He served until 1953.

Upon his return home, Bateman enrolled in the Law Center at Georgetown University, where in 1956 he earned his law degree. He served a short time as a clerk for the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. before practicing law privately in Newport News from 1968 to 1983. During this period he worked to build a political base through community activism and membership in the Virginia Jaycees. Bateman served as president of the Virginia Jaycees and National legal counsel for the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Political career[edit]

Bateman was elected to the Senate of Virginia for 14 years, representing a portion of Newport News. He was originally a Democrat, but became a Republican in 1976.

In 1982, he was elected to succeed Paul S. Trible, Jr. as the representative for the 1st District in the United States House of Representatives. While serving in the House, Bateman was a member of the Armed Forces and Transportation Infrastructure Committees, while chairing the Subcommittee on Military Readiness and the House Merchant Marine Panel.

While in the House of Representatives, Bateman's voting record was moderate by Southern Republican standards; he had a lifetime rating of 79 from the American Conservative Union. He was a strong supporter of controlling government spending. However, he was particularly active on defense issues. Since Newport News was a center for military work, he strongly supported military spending. He also served his constituents as a member of organizations such as the Virginia Jaycees, Peninsula United Way and Red Cross Blood Donor Program.

Elections[edit]

  • 1982; Bateman defeated Democrat John McGlennon to win his first term in Congress; he won 55.22% of the vote.
  • 1984; Bateman was re-elected with 98.14% of the vote over Democrat McGlennon and Independent E. J. Green.
  • 1986; Bateman was re-elected with 56.02% of the vote over Democrat Robert Cortez Scott.
  • 1988; Bateman was re-elected with 73.26% of the vote over Democrat James S. Ellenson.
  • 1990; Bateman was re-elected with 50.99% of the vote over Democrat Andrew H. Fox.
  • 1992; Bateman was re-elected with 57.55% of the vote over Democrat Fox and Independent Donald L. Macleay.
  • 1994; Bateman was re-elected with 74.25% of the vote over Democrat Mary F. Sinclair and Independent Matt B. Voorhees.
  • 1996; Bateman was unopposed for re-election.
  • 1998; Bateman was re-elected with 76.43% of the vote over Independents Josh Billings and Bradford L. Phillips.

Health issues[edit]

Health was a major concern for Bateman during the 1990s. In 1990, he was diagnosed with lung and prostate cancer. In 1995, he suffered a heart attack, but was able to recover. He had surgery to remove cancer from his right lung in 1998, and had a partial blockage of a major artery removed in 1999. He was diagnosed with a cancerous lymph node in January 2000, which prompted him to not seek re-election.

Bateman died on September 11, 2000 from natural causes. He was in Leesburg, Virginia at the time for a golf tournament. He was serving out the remainder of his ninth term at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife, Laura, and two children, a son and daughter. His son, Herbert H. Bateman Jr., presently serves on the Newport News City Council as Vice Mayor and on the Peninsula Airport Commission. Daughter, Laura Margaret Bateman, is the principle of Bateman Consulting, a government and public affairs consulting firm. Both his papers from his time as a state senator[1] as well as his papers from his time in Congress[2] can be found at the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William & Mary.

Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
Fred Bateman
Virginia Senate, District 2
1968 –1983
Succeeded by
Bobby Scott
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Paul S. Trible, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

1983–2000
Succeeded by
Jo Ann Davis

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Herbert H. Bateman Papers, 1968-1982". Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Herbert H. Bateman Papers, 1956-2000". Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Retrieved 6 June 2011.