William J. Howell
|William J. Howell|
|54th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates|
January 8, 2003
|Preceded by||S. Vance Wilkins, Jr.|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 28th district
|Preceded by||Clinton Miller|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 53rd district
January 1998 – January 1992
|Preceded by||Thomas M. Moncure, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||James M. Scott|
May 8, 1943 |
|Spouse(s)||Cecelia Joy Stump|
|Alma mater||University of Richmond
University of Virginia School of Law
He and his wife, Cecelia (Cessie) Joy Stump Howell, were married in June 1966. They have two sons: William Franklin Howell and Leland Jackson Howell, a Presbyterian minister. They also have seven grandchildren: William, Maggie, Cecelia, Jackson, Ann, Marshall and Catherine.
First elected a delegate in 1987, he represents the residents of the 28th House District, which includes parts of Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg. Prior to being elected speaker, Howell served as chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, and led the Virginia Code Commission. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest bipartisan, individual membership association of state legislators. He is a director on the board of Virginia Heartland Bank, a former director of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, a former president and campaign chairman of the Rappahannock United Way, and a past vice-chair of the board of directors of Mary Washington Hospital. Howell also has been active in Young Life, a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children and preparing them for the future.
On January 8, 2003, Bill Howell was sworn in as the 54th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Electoral history 
|Virginia House of Delegates, 53rd district|
|Nov 3, 1987||General||William James Howell||Republican||7,598||48.51|
|Thomas Y. Savage||Democratic||5,752||36.72|
|M. Al Fagan||2,313||14.77|
|Thomas M. Moncure, Jr. retired; seat stayed Republican|
|Nov 7, 1989||General||William James Howell||Republican||12,964||99.86|
|Virginia House of Delegates, 28th district|
|Nov 5, 1991||General||William James Howell||Republican||7,805||75.24|
|Marcia J. Preston||Democratic||2,568||24.76|
|Clinton Miller was redistricted out; seat stayed Republican|
|Nov 2, 1993||General||William James Howell||Republican||11,904||73.72|
|Marcia J. Preston||Democratic||3,240||20.07|
|David E. O'Keeffe||1,002||6.21|
|Nov 7, 1995||General||W J Howell||Republican||10,518||69.41|
|M A Knight||Democratic||4,633||30.57|
|Nov 4, 1997||General||William J. Howell||Republican||15,930||98.24|
|Nov 2, 1999||General||W J Howell||Republican||11,587||80.08|
|G T Baker||2,839||19.62|
|Nov 6, 2001||General||W J Howell||Republican||10,964||63.83|
|N C Crowley||Democratic||6,196||36.07|
|Nov 4, 2003||General||W J Howell||Republican||7,373||96.49|
|Nov 8, 2005||General||William J. Howell||Republican||14,807||94.64|
|Nov 6, 2007||General||William J. Howell||Republican||8,726||61.70|
|Clyde W. Matthews||Democratic||4,926||34.83|
|Craig E. Ennis||Independent Green||457||3.23|
|Nov 3, 2009||General||William J. Howell||Republican||14,909||74.82|
|Craig E. Ennis||Independent Green||4,874||24.46|
|Nov 8, 2011||General||William J. Howell||Republican||9,350||91.77|
- Welcome to Bill Howell : SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
- "The Virginia Elections and State Elected Officials Database Project, 1776-2007". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "1995 Election Results - HOD". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "1997 Election Results - HOD". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "Election Results - House of Delegates - Nov 1999 Gen Election". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "General Election- November 6, 2001". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "General Election- November 4, 2003". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "General Election- November 8, 2005". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "November 6, 2007 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "November 2009 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- Official Website
- Virginia House of Delegates: Bio for William J. Howell (2008 session)
- Virginia Public Access Project: William J. Howell
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