Virginia Senate, District 3

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District 3 of the Virginia Senate is a senatorial district located mostly on the Virginia Peninsula that encompasses all of the city of Poquoson, parts of the cities of Hampton and Suffolk, all of the counties of Gloucester, King and Queen, King William and New Kent and parts of the counties of Isle of Wight, James City, Surry and York. The current Senator from District 3 is Tommy Norment.

Historical boundaries[edit]

From 1940 - 1956, the 3rd District was located in South Hampton Roads and included all of the former Norfolk County, Virginia and the cities of Portsmouth and South Norfolk (today, the City of Chesapeake, Virginia incorporates much of Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk.

In 1955, the district was redrawn and the City of Portsmouth was removed, so from 1956 - 1966, the district included Norfolk County and the City of South Suffolk which became the City of Chesapeake in 1963. From 1966 - 1972, the 3rd District included all of the cities of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

After the 1971 redistricting, the 3rd district included all of the Eastern Shore counties of Northampton and Accomac from 1972 - 1991. From 1991 - 2001, the district included the Eastern Shore and territory from the Virginia Peninsula.

From 2001 - 2011, Senate District 3 included Gloucester County, James City County, New Kent County, City of Newport News (part), City of Williamsburg and York County (part).

Current boundaries[edit]

All Virginia Senate districts were redrawn in 2011 and the 2011 elections were contested in the these districts. The 3rd District includes all of the City of Poquoson, parts of the cities of Hampton, and Suffolk, all of the counties of Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, and New Kent and parts of Isle of Wight, James City County, Surry and York.[1] Fully 25% of the district's population is located in James City County.

Election history[edit]

Election history of District 3.

Most recent elections[edit]

2011[edit]

Virginia state elections, 2011: Senate District 3[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tommy Norment 38,665 96.35 +1.26%
Majority 37,203 96.35
Turnout 40,127 27.87 +2.97%
Republican hold


Republican primary, 2011: Senate District 3[3]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Tommy Norment 11,400 73.60
Mark C. Frechette 4,089 26.39
Turnout 15,489 10.76

Previous elections[edit]

2007[edit]

Virginia state elections, 2007: Senate District 3[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tommy Norment 29,669 95.09 +29.56%
Majority 28,168 95.09 +29.56%
Turnout 31,200 24.90% -3.97%
Republican hold

2003[edit]

Virginia state elections, 2003: Senate District 3[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tommy Norment 21,309 65.53 +3.40%
Democratic M. P. Minor 11,080 34.07 -2.65%
Majority 10,129 31.46 +5.33%
Turnout 32,520 28.87
Republican hold


Republican primary, 2003: Senate District 3[6]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Tommy Norment 10,470 62.28
Paul Jost 6,340 37.72
Turnout 17,055 15.36

1999[edit]

Virginia state elections, 1999: Senate District 3[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tommy Norment 24,916 62.93% -35.35%
Democratic Lynwood Lewis 14,611 36.90%
Majority 10,305 26.03% -73.25%
Turnout 39,595
Republican hold

1995[edit]

Virginia state elections, 1995: Senate District 3[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tommy Norment 32,667 99.28
Majority 32,430 99.28
Turnout 32,904
Republican hold

District officeholders[edit]

Years Senator, District 3 Counties/Cities in District
1904 - 1906 J. N. Harman (R) Buchanan County, Dickenson County, Russell County, and Tazewell County.
1906 - 1908 R. Walter Dickenson (R)
1908 - 1912 Roland E. Chase (R)
1912 - 1916 J. Powell Royall (R)
1916 - 1920
1920 - 1922 Robert O. Crockett (R)
1922 - 1924 Campbell C. Hyatt (R)
1924 - 1928 Alfred C. Smith (D) Norfolk County, City of Portsmouth and the City of South Norfolk.
1928 - 1932 Lloyd E. Warren (D)
1932 - 1936 Major M. Hillard (D)
1936 - 1940
1940 - 1944
1944 - 1948
1948 - 1952
1952 - 1956
1956 - 1960 Gordon F. Marsh (D) Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk; after 1963, these were merged into City of Chesapeake.
1960 - 1964
1964 - 1966
1966 William B. Spong (D) City of Portsmouth, City of Chesapeake and the City of Virginia Beach.
1966 - 1972 William H. Hodges (D)
1972 - 1976 William E. Fears (D) Accomac County, James City County, Northampton County, York County and the cities of Williamsburg and Newport News (part).
1976 - 1980 Accomac County, James City County, Northampton County, York County and the cities of Williamsburg, Poquoson and Newport News (part).
1980 - 1984
1984 - 1988
1988 - 1992
1992 - 1996 Tommy Norment (R) Gloucester County, James City County, New Kent County, City of Newport News (part), City of Williamsburg and York County (part).
1996 - 2000
2000 - 2004
2004 - 2008
2008 - 2012
2012 - 2016 Gloucester County, King & Queen County, King William County, New Kent County, City of Poquoson, Isle of Wight County (part), James City County (part), Surry County (part), York County (part), City of Hampton (part), City of Suffolk (part).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Division of Legislative Services, HB 5005/Ch.1 enacted 4/29/11
  2. ^ "2011 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  3. ^ "2011 Republican Party Primary Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  4. ^ "2007 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  5. ^ "2003 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  6. ^ "2003 Republican Party Primary Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  7. ^ "1999 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  8. ^ "1995 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-11-05.