2011 Virginia elections

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The 2011 Virginia state elections took place on November 8, 2011. All 140 seats in the Virginia General Assembly were up for re-election, as were many local offices.

Virginia Senate[edit]


Prior to the election, 22 seats were held by Democrats and 18 seats were held by Republicans. Redistricting caused the 13th district to be moved from Hampton Roads to Northern Virginia and the 22nd district to be moved from the Roanoke area to a district stretching from Lynchburg to Richmond. Republicans gained two seats, making the Senate tied with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.

Four incumbent Senators chose to retire: Fred Quayle (R-13), Patsy Ticer (D-30), Mary Margaret Whipple (D-31), and William Wampler Jr. (R-40). In addition, two Senators, Ralph K. Smith (R-22) and Bill Stanley (R-19) chose to seek re-election in new districts: Smith went from the 22nd to Stanley's 19th, while Stanley opted to challenge incumbent Democrat Roscoe Reynolds in the 20th.


Note: Only races with more than one candidate running are listed below. Unofficial results from the State Board of Elections website.[2]

Party abbreviations: D - Democratic Party, R - Republican Party, IG - Independent Green Party, I - Independent.

District Incumbent Party Elected Status 2011 Result
1st John Miller Democratic 2007 Reelected John Miller (D) 51.7%
Mickey Chohany (R) 48.1%
2nd Mamie Locke Democratic 2003 Reelected Mamie Locke (D) 65.4%
Thomas Harmon IV (R) 34.4%
6th Ralph Northam Democratic 2007 Reelected Ralph Northam (D) 56.6%
Ben Loyola (R) 43.3%
10th John Watkins Republican 1998 Reelected John Watkins (R) 56.6%
David Bernard (D) 43.2%
13th Fred Quayle Republican 1991 Retired (District eliminated);
Republican hold
Dick Black (R) 57.0%
Shawn Mitchell (D) 42.8%
16th Henry L. Marsh Democratic 1991 Reelected Henry L. Marsh (D) 69.0%
Preston Brown (I) 30.5%
17th Edd Houck Democratic 1983 Defeated Bryce Reeves (R) 50.2%
Edd Houck (D) 49.7%
19th Bill Stanley Republican 2010 Elected in 20th District;
Republican hold
Ralph K. Smith (R) 56.5%
J. Brandon Bell (I) 43.2%
20th Roscoe Reynolds Democratic 1996 Defeated Bill Stanley (R) 46.8%
Roscoe Reynolds (D) 45.5%
Jeff Evans (I) 7.6%
21st John Edwards Democratic 1995 Reelected John Edwards (D) 55.9%
Dave Nutter (R) 44.0%
22nd Ralph K. Smith Republican 2007 Elected in 19th District (District
eliminated); Republican hold
Thomas Garrett, Jr. (R) 58.1%
Bert Dodson (D) 41.8%
23rd Steve Newman Republican 1995 Reelected Steve Newman (R) 77.8%
Robert Short (D) 21.9%
25th Creigh Deeds Democratic 2001 Reelected Creigh Deeds (D) 64.4%
T.J. Aldous (R) 35.5%
27th Jill Holtzman Vogel Republican 2007 Reelected Jill Holtzman Vogel (R) 74.6%
Shaun Broy (D) 23.2%
Donald Marro (I) 2.1%
29th Chuck Colgan Democratic 1975 Reelected Chuck Colgan (D) 55.0%
Tom Gordy (R) 44.8%
30th Patsy Ticer Democratic 1995 Retired; Democratic hold Adam Ebbin (D) 64.4%
Tim McGhee (R) 35.4%
31st Mary Margaret Whipple Democratic 1995 Retired; Democratic hold Barbara Favola (D) 58.1%
Caren Merrick (R) 41.7%
32nd Janet Howell Democratic 1991 Reelected Janet Howell (D) 60.3%
Patrick Forrest (R) 39.7%
33rd Mark Herring Democratic 2007 Reelected Mark Herring (D) 54.1%
Patricia Phillips (R) 45.8%
34th Chap Petersen Democratic 2007 Reelected Chap Petersen (D) 59.7%
Gerarda Cullipher (R) 40.2%
35th Dick Saslaw Democratic 1980 Reelected Dick Saslaw (D) 61.7%
Robert Sarvis (R) 36.0%
Katherine Pettigrew (IG) 2.3%
36th Toddy Puller Democratic 2000 Reelected Toddy Puller (D) 55.4%
Jeff Frederick (R) 44.4%
37th Dave Marsden Democratic 2010 Reelected Dave Marsden (D) 53.8%
Jason Flanary (R) 46.2%
38th Phillip Puckett Democratic 1998 Reelected Phillip Puckett (D) 53.0%
Adam Light (R) 46.9%
39th George Barker Democratic 2007 Reelected George Barker (D) 53.1%
Miller Baker (R) 46.8%
40th William Wampler Jr. Republican 1988 Retired; Republican hold Bill Carrico (R) 66.9%
John Lamie (D) 33.0%

Virginia House of Delegates[edit]

Prior to the election, the House of Delegates consisted of 58 Republicans, 39 Democrats, 2 Independents, with one vacant seat previously held by a Republican (Glenn Oder of the 94th district, who resigned in August 2011). Redistricting eliminated three seats: Southwestern Virginia's 2nd district, the Martinsville-area 10th district, and the Norfolk-based 87th district. These three seats were moved to Northern Virginia. Republicans gained seven seats from the Democrats and one seat from a retiring independent, making the House's composition 67 Republicans, 32 Democrats, and 1 Independent.

Thirteen incumbents chose not to seek another term in the House: Bud Phillips (D-2), Bill Carrico (R-5), Dave Nutter (R-7), Jim Shuler (D-12), Bill Cleaveland (R-17), Clay Athey (R-18), Adam Ebbin (D-49), Bill Janis (R-56), Watkins Abbitt, Jr. (I-59), Paula Miller (D-87), Glenn Oder (R-94), Harvey Morgan (R-98), and Albert C. Pollard (R-99).

Three Delegates retired in order to seek State Senate seats: Bill Carrico (R-5) opted to run for the open 40th district seat, Dave Nutter (R-7) decided to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator John Edwards in the 21st district, and Adam Ebbin (D-49) chose to run for the open 30th district seat.

Del. Ward Armstrong (D-10) decided to challenge Republican Del. Charles Poindexter in the 9th district rather than retire.



  1. ^ 2011 Official General Assembly Candidates List[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Unofficial election results - Senate". Archived from the original on 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  3. ^ 2011 Official General Assembly Candidates List[permanent dead link]