Virginia Senate, District 31

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District 31 of the Virginia Senate is a senatorial district that encompasses portions of Arlington County, Fairfax County and Loudoun County in the U.S. state of Virginia. The current Senator from District 31 is Barbara Favola.

Historical boundaries[edit]

From 1940 to 1956, Senate District 31 comprised the counties of Caroline, Essex, Goochland, Hanover, King and Queen, King William and Middlesex.[1]

Between 1956 - 1962, the district included the eastern end of the Virginia Peninsula comprising the counties of Mathews, Gloucester, Warwick, York, James City, New Kent, and the Independent City of Williamsburg.

From 1962 - 1964, the district included all of York County and the City of Hampton. From 1964 - 1968, the district included the City of Hampton and a portion of the City of Newport News. As a result of the United States Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Davis v. Mann regarding the principle of One person, one vote, the Virginia General Assembly was redistricted mid-decade and only 30 Senate districts were created, some of which were multi-member. Accordingly, there was no 31st District from 1968 - 1972.

In 1971, as a result of a regular decennial redistricting, the 31st District was recreated and covered most of Arlington County from 1972 - 1992.[2] From 1992 - 2002 the district included part of Arlington County and all of the City of Falls Church and from 2002 - 2012, a part of Fairfax County was added.

Current boundaries[edit]

All Virginia Senate districts were redrawn in 2011 and the 2011 elections are being contested in the these districts. The 31st District comprises the neighborhoods of Arlington Forest, Arlington View, Ballston, Cherrydale, Clarendon, Courthouse, Glen Carlyn, Lyon Village, Rosslyn, Virginia Square and Westover in Arlington County. In Fairfax County, the district comprises much of the Dranesville magisterial district, including the neighborhoods of McLean, Langley and Great Falls. The areas of Loudoun County are located in the far northeastern corner of the county and includes Sugarland Run.

Election history[edit]

Election history of District 31 from 1995.

Most recent elections[edit]

2011[edit]

Virginia state elections, 2011: Senate District 31[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Barbara Favola 24,343 58.11 -24.51
Republican Caren Merrick 17,480 41.73
Majority 6,863 16.38 -49.72
Turnout 41,887 31.02 +5.18
Democratic hold


Democratic primary, 2011: Senate District 31[4]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Barbara Favola 6,549 64.68
Jaime Areizaga-Soto 3,575 35.31
Turnout 11,029

Previous elections[edit]

2007[edit]

Virginia state elections, 2007: Senate District 31[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mary Margaret Whipple 23,380 82.62 +13.23
Green Samuel D. Burley 4,676 16.52
Majority 18,704 66.10 +27.01
Turnout 28,297 25.84 -5.33
Democratic hold

2003[edit]

Virginia state elections, 2003: Senate District 31[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mary Margaret Whipple 23,015 69.39 -.09
Republican Kamal M. Nawash 10,053 30.31
Majority 12,962 39.09 -1.51
Turnout 33,168 31.17
Democratic hold

1999[edit]

Virginia state elections, 1999: Senate District 31[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mary Margaret Whipple 22,873 70.26 +1.63
Republican Scott C. Tate 9,656 29.66
Majority 13,217 40.60 +3.26
Turnout 32,551
Democratic hold

1995[edit]

Virginia state elections, 1995: Senate District 31[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mary Margaret Whipple 23,898 68.63
Republican David A. Oblon 10,898 31.29
Majority 13,000 37.34
Turnout 34,824
Democratic hold

District officeholders[edit]

Years Senator, District 31 Counties/Cities in District
1940 - 1942 Henry T. Wickham (D) Caroline County, Essex County, Goochland County, Hanover County, King and Queen County, King William County, Middlesex County.
1942 - 1944 Thomas H. Blanton (D)
1944 - 1948
1948 - 1952
1952 - 1956
1956 - 1960 W. Marvin Minter (D) Gloucester County, James City County, New Kent County, Mathews County, City of Warwick, City of Williamsburg, York County.
1960 - 1964 Fred W. Bateman (D) Gloucester County, James City County, New Kent County, Mathews County, City of Newport News (part), City of Williamsburg, York County.
1964 - 1968 Hunter Andrews (D) City of Hampton, City of Newport News (part).
1968 - 1972 No member elected District was defunct as a result of redistricting[9]
1972 - 1976 Edward M. Holland (D) Arlington County (part).
1976 - 1980
1980 - 1984
1984 - 1988
1988 - 1992
1992 - 1996 Arlington County (part), City of Falls Church.
1996 - 2000 Mary Margaret Whipple (D)
2000 - 2004
2004 - 2008 Arlington County (part), City of Falls Church, Fairfax County (part).
2008 - 2012
2012 - 2016 Barbara Favola (D) Arlington County (part), Fairfax County (part) and Loudoun County (part).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Handbook of the Virginia General Assembly, 1942
  2. ^ The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia 1962 - 1981. Compiled by the Staff and Clerk of the House of Delegates, Richmond 1983.
  3. ^ "2011 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  4. ^ "2011 Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  5. ^ "2007 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  6. ^ "2003 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  7. ^ "1999 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  8. ^ "1995 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  9. ^ See, Davis v. Mann