Chris Head (politician)

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Chris Head
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 17th district
Assumed office
January 2012
Preceded by William Cleaveland
Personal details
Born Christopher T. Head
( 1963 -01-13) January 13, 1963 (age 54)
Commerce, Georgia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Ann Frost
Children Victoria, Abigail, Michael
Alma mater University of Georgia
Occupation In-home health care
Committees Finance
Militia, Police and Public Safety,
Health, Welfare and Institutions

Christopher T. "Chris" Head (born January 13, 1963) is an American politician. A Republican, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2011. He currently represents the 17th district, made up parts of Botetourt and Roanoke counties and the city of Roanoke, in the western part of the state.[1]

Early life, education, business career[edit]

Chris Head grew up in Commerce, GA. He received a BMus degree from the University of Georgia in 1985.[1] Shortly after he moved to Virginia, where he was a small business owner. In 2001, Chris and his wife, Besty, co-founded their first franchise of Home Instead Senior Care, an in-home health care service business.[1] Chris and Betsy have three children, Victoria (Tori), Abigail (Abby), and Michael.[1] He is a deacon at his church, Bonsack Baptist, and sings in the choir. He is a member of mulitple civic and philanthropic organizations in the Roanoke Valley and in 2009 was awarded the Roanoke Regional Small Business of the Year. [2]

Political career[edit]

When William Fralin retired in 2009 from his 17th House of Delegate seat, Head ran for the Republican nomination. He finished second in a five-way primary to William Cleaveland.

Cleaveland chose not to run for a second term in 2011, and Head was nominated to replace him. Head defeated Democratic candidate Freeda S. Cathcart in the general election, 11852-6207.[3]

Head is a member of the Finance; Health, Welfare & Institutions; and Military, Police, & Public Safety Committee.[4] He also serves on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which reviews regulations of the executive branch.[5] He is also the founder and chairman of the Business Development Caucus in the House of Delegates.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 17th district
Jun 9, 2009[7] Republican primary Bill H. Cleaveland 893 28.04
Christopher T. Head 769 24.15
Michael A. "Mike" Wray 613 19.25
Josh C. Johnson 549 17.24
Melvin E. Williams 360 11.30
Nov 8, 2011[3] General Chris T. Head Republican 11,852 65.46
Freeda L. Cathcart Democratic 6,207 34.28
Write-ins 44 0.24
William Cleaveland retired; seat stayed Republican
Nov 5, 2013[8] General Chris T. Head Incumbent Republican 15,222 62
Freeda L. Cathcart Democratic 9,262 37.7
Write-ins 68 0.3


  1. ^ a b c d "Virginia House of Delegates 2012; Delegate Christopher T. Head;". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates Member Listings". Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  3. ^ a b "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Richmond Sunlight » Delegate Chris Head (R-Roanoke)". Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates Member Listings". Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Business Development Caucus". Business Development Caucus. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  7. ^ "2009 June Republican Primary Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  8. ^ "November 2013 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 

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