Rob Bell (Virginia politician)

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Delegate
Rob Bell
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 58th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 9, 2002
Preceded by Paul Clinton Harris
Personal details
Born Robert B. Bell III
( 1967 -04-23) April 23, 1967 (age 47)
Palo Alto, California
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Virginia
University of Virginia School of Law
Profession Lawyer, politician
Committees Courts of Justice; Health, Welfare and Institutions; Privileges and Elections
Website http://www.delegaterobbell.com/

Robert B. "Rob" Bell III (born April 23, 1967) is an American politician. He has been a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002. In 2013, Bell ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia.

Game designer[edit]

Rob Bell worked as a convention volunteer and part-time intern for Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE) while attending classes at the University of Virginia, and began working for ICE full time as an editor in 1988.[1]:147 Bell expanded and unified the Hero System licensed by ICE from Hero Games.[1]:136 The fourth edition of the role-playing game Champions (1989) was largely the work of Bell; aside from writing the book, he had also coordinated a volunteer effort with dozens of gaming groups to give input and feedback on the Hero System.[1]:148 Bell left ICE in 1990 and later got into politics.[1]:149

Virginia House of Delegates[edit]

Election[edit]

Bell was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2002, representing the 58th district in the Virginia Piedmont, including Greene County and parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Rockingham Counties.[2]

Abortion[edit]

In 2012, Bell voted in favor of a bill requiring all women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound prior to having an abortion, except in cases of rape and incest, wherein police reports must be presented.[3][4] While massive silent protests outside the Virginia state capitol initially resulted in the bill’s patron holding off on the vote on the bill, it was passed the next day.[5] On March 1, 2012, Bell voted in favor of an amended version of the bill requiring women to undergo an transabdominal ultrasound prior to an abortion if written consent for a transvaginal ultrasound is not obtained, and no ultrasound at all if the physician deems it impossible to determine fetal age through the prescribed means.[6][7]

Citizenship inquiries[edit]

During the 2012 legislative session, Bell was the primary sponsor of a bill requiring police to inquire into the citizenship of anyone arrested, regardless of criminal charges. The bill was widely criticized by civil rights organizations and failed to pass.[8]

Education[edit]

In 2012 and 2013, Bell patroned the "Tebow Bill", named for Tim Tebow, which would allow homeschooled students meeting academic standards the opportunity to participate in public school sports teams and other extracurricular activities.[9]

Public safety[edit]

As of 2013, Bell serves as the Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.[10]

In 2006, Bell proposed legislation to bar violent sex offenders from school property, following public outrage over a convicted sex offender serving as a Santa Claus at an elementary school.[11] In 2012, he proposed a bill expanding this ban to cover school buses and school-affiliated events.[12]

In 2008, Bell proposed legislation to require school superintendents to screen job applicants for a history of child abuse convictions in Virginia and other states, as well as criminalize the misrepresentation of an applicant's offender status.[13]

Attorney General[edit]

On December 6, 2011, Bell announced that he was a candidate for the 2013 Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia.[14] State Senator Mark Obenshain won the nomination over Bell by a 55%-45% margin at a statewide convention in Richmond on May 18, 2013.[15]

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 58th district
Nov 6, 2001[16] General R B Bell III Republican 13,627 59.95
C S Martin Democratic 9,088 39.98
Write Ins 17 0.07
Paul Clinton Harris retired; seat stayed Republican
Nov 4, 2003[17] General R B Bell III Republican 13,267 98.64
Write Ins 183 1.36
Nov 8, 2005[18] General R B Bell III Republican 15,831 62.04
S H Koleszar Democratic 9,676 37.92
Write Ins 11 0.04
Nov 6, 2007[19] General Robert B. Bell III Republican 16,220 98.30
Write Ins 280 1.69
Nov 3, 2009[20] General Robert B. Bell III Republican 18,402 67.24
Cynthia Neff Democratic 8,948 32.69
Write Ins 16 0.05
Nov 8, 2011[21] General Robert B. Bell III Republican 17,227 98.20
Write Ins 315 1.79

Financial support[edit]

Bell's top campaign donor is former coal magnate Richard Baxter Gilliam.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702- 58-7. 
  2. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates; Robert B. Bell". Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Virginia HB 462 - Requires an ultrasound prior to an abortion - Key Vote - Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "HB 462 Requires an ultrasound prior to an abortion - Voting Record - Virginia House - Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Silent protest outside, Virginia house puts off ultrasound vote". MSNBC. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ Provence, Lisa (March 3, 2012). "30 arrests: Ultrasound protest brings riot police to Capitol". The Hook. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "LIS > Bill Tracking - Amendment > HB462 > 2012 Session". 
  8. ^ Hester, Wesley P. (February 10, 2012). "Illegal immigration bills likely to advance". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ Baxter, Paige (February 11, 2013). "‘Tebow Bill’ passes in House, awaits action in Senate". Loudoun Times. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Commonwealth of Virginia. "Virginia State Crime Commission". Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Boniti, Loretta (December 12, 2006). "Bill Bans Sex Offenders from School Property". NBC29. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ Quattlebaum, Jillian (February 20, 2011). "Assembly Tightens Sex Offender Laws". VCU Capital News Service. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ "House Passes Bell's Teacher Background Check Bill". Newsplex. February 8, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Moomaw, Graham (2011-12-06). "Bell makes bid for AG official". Charlottesville Daily Progress. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  15. ^ Pershing, Ben and Errin Whack (2013-05-18). Virginia Politics. "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  16. ^ "General Election- November 6, 2001". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  17. ^ "General Election- November 4, 2003". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  18. ^ "General Election- November 8, 2005". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  19. ^ "November 6, 2007 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  20. ^ "November 2009 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  21. ^ "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  22. ^ "Virginia Public Access Project; Robert B. Bell". Retrieved August 20, 2012. 

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