Ben Chafin

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Ben Chafin
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 38th district
Assumed office
September 18, 2014
Preceded byPhillip Puckett
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 4th district
In office
January 8, 2014 – September 18, 2014
Preceded byJoe Johnson
Succeeded byTodd Pillion
Personal details
Augustus Benton Chafin Jr.

(1960-05-18) May 18, 1960 (age 59)
Abingdon, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lora Lee Carr
ResidenceLebanon, Virginia
Alma materEast Tennessee State (B.A.)
University of Richmond (J.D.)
OccupationLawyer, Farmer

Augustus Benton "Ben" Chafin Jr. (born May 18, 1960) is an American lawyer, farmer, and politician from Virginia. A member of the Republican Party, Chafin represents the 38th district of the Virginia Senate,


Chafin established his own law firm in 1986. He represented the Russell County Industrial Development Authority as counsel.[1]

Chafin was elected to represent the fourth district in the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2013 elections. He ran in a special election to the Virginia Senate. He was elected with 59.55% of the vote on August 19, 2014, in a special election. Chafin's victory tipped control of the Virginia Senate back to the Republicans, 21 to 19, after Democrats won control with the swearing-in of Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam following the 2013 general election.[2]

Chafin succeeded Democrat Phillip Puckett, who resigned his seat following the 2014 General Assembly regular session. Previously, Chafin had represented the Fourth District in the Virginia House of Delegates, to which he was elected without opposition in November 2013, succeeding conservative Democrat Joseph P. Johnson. The Fourth comprises Dickenson County and parts of Russell, Wise, and Washington Counties.

Personal life[edit]

Chafin and his wife, Lora, have three children.[1] He is from Lebanon, Virginia.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Russell Co. attorney to run for 4th District Va. House seat - Local News". March 18, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Election results, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Kern ousts Cornett from Wise County School Board | Kingsport Times-News". Retrieved November 8, 2013.

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