David Ramadan

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David-Imad Ramadan
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 87th district
In office
January 11, 2012 – January 5, 2016
Preceded byPaula Miller
Succeeded byJohn Bell
Personal details
Born (1970-05-31) May 31, 1970 (age 48)
Beirut, Lebanon
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceSouth Riding, Virginia[1]
Alma materGeorge Mason University
OccupationEntrepreneur, consultant, Pundit
Websitehttp://www.davidramadan.com/


David-Imad Ramadan (born May 31, 1970) is a Lebanese-born American politician and businessman. He is a former Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 87th district in Loudoun and Prince William counties from 2012 to 2016.[2] He opted not to seek re-election in 2015, and was succeeded by his 2013 opponent, Democrat John J. Bell.

Biography[edit]

Ramadan grew up in Lebanon (he speaks and writes Arabic & English fluently), and completed his high school studies at International College, Beirut. He emigrated to the United States of America from Lebanon in 1989 and has resided in Virginia since then. He is a graduate of George Mason University with a Master of Arts degree in International Trade and Transactions and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Governments and Politics. He completed graduate studies at Oxford University, the American Graduate School of Business (Geneva, Switzerland), Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University.

Ramadan has experience in consulting, management, and marketing. In his business career, he managed companies in franchising, retail, manufacturing, immigration consulting, law, management & marketing consulting, and import/export in India, the Middle East & the USA. He has also took the US franchise, Curves International, into the Middle East and India. Ramadan was interviewed in a 2011 Washington Business Journal article discussing his bullish outlook on expanding curves in Egypt and other Middle Eastern nations.[3]

Ramadan is also a frequent commentator on TV and radio news networks such as ABC's Good Morning America, LBC, MSNBC, France 24, Al-Hurra, BBC, CNN, and NPR.[4]

Ramadan served on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University, where he was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell on July 1, 2010.[5] The Washington Post on July 1, 2010, described the appointment by Governor McDonnellto "as a thank you to longtime supporters and friends".[6] He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, teaching "Global Affairs - Middle East Realities" and "Virginia Government and Politics" courses.[7]

Ramadan is a political activist with active roles in the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV), the Loudoun County Republican Committee,[8] and the Arab-American Republican community. He has served on presidential political campaigns as well as on gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns, and was appointed by RPV Chair in 2008 to ethnic outreach leadership.[9]

In November 2018, when Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock was ousted by Democratic nominee Jennifer Wexton, Ramadan (a Comstock supporter) told the Washington Post that Donald Trump had destroyed the Republican Party, and was to blame for Comstock's defeat. “There’s no other way to put it but that this is the fault of the moron in the White House,” he said.[10] He has been outspoken about his belief that the Virginia Republican party needs to pay more attention to the needs and opinions of Northern Virginia (known colloquially as "NoVa"), and not just to rural voters in the rest of the Commonwealth.[11]

Legislative history[edit]

Ramadan served on the several committees in the Virginia House of Delegates, specifically Privileges & Elections (P&E), Science & Technology (S&T), and the General Laws Committee. He served as the chairman of the P&E Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee.[12]

Ramadan was the co-founder and co-chairman of the "Business Development Caucus,"[13] and the co-founded and co-chairman of the "Redskins Pride Caucus".[14]

Ramadan authored several pieces of legislation which became law during his four years in the Virginia House:

· Constitutional Amendment in support of military families [15]
· Online Voter Registration [16]
· High School to Work Partnerships [17]
· Diwali Day [18]
· Securing the State Corporation Commission electronic system [19]
· High School Biliteracy Diploma Seal [20]
· Sex Offenders and Crimes Against Minors Supplement to Registry [21]

Legislative awards[edit]

· Military Officers Association of America named David in 2014 the ‘Virginia Legislator of the Year’ [22]

Family Foundation Ratings:
- 2012-2013: 100% [23]
- 2014-2015: 94% [24]

· American Conservative Union Rating:
- 2012: Defender of Liberty Award [25]
- 2013: ACU Conservative [26]
- 2014: Award for Conservative Achievement
- 2015: Award for Conservative Achievement
- Lifetime Average: 90% [27]
     -- 2015: 80%
     --2014: 83%
     --2013: 95%
     --2012: 100%

Endorsed by National Rifle Association in both elections and rated ‘AQ’ in 2011 & ‘A’ in 2013.[28]

Virginia Chamber of Commerce:
- 2015: 96% Grade: A [29]
     --Economic Competitiveness Award
- 2014: 100% Grade A+ [30]
     --Business Advocate of the Year
     --Champion of Free Enterprise Award
- 2013: 96% Grade: A [31]
- 2012: 98% Grade: A [32]

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes %
Virginia House of Delegates, 87th district
Aug 23, 2011[33] Republican primary David I. Ramadan 1,368 55.76
Jo-Ann Chase 1,085 44.23
Nov 8, 2011[34] General David I. Ramadan Republican 5,435 49.92
Mike D. Kondratick Democratic 5,384 49.45
Write Ins 67 0.61
Paula Miller was redistricted out; seat changed from Democratic to Republican
Nov 5, 2013[35] General David I. Ramadan Republican 10,274 50.26
John J. Bell Democratic 10,087 49.35
Write Ins 52 0.24

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Ramadan | Ikhras اخرس Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  2. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates 2013; Delegate David I. Ramadan". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  3. ^ Plumb, Tierney (March 8, 2011). "D.C.-area businessman expands Curves overseas". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "Va. State GOP Delegate: 'I Can Tell You Unequivocally' Trump Will Not Be Our Nominee". grabien.com. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Governor McDonnell Announces Board Appointments and Additional Appointments to Administration" (Press release). Gov. McDonnell's Press Office. July 1, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  6. ^ Kumar, Anita (July 1, 2010). "McDonnell appoints supporters to universities's boards of visitors". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  7. ^ "The New Realities in the Middle East with David Imad Ramadan". gmu.edu. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Loudoun GOP". Loudoun County (VA) Republican Party. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Republicans name ethnic outreach leadership". Republican Party of Virginia. Archived from the original on July 4, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  10. ^ Portnoy, Jenna. "Democrat Jennifer T. Wexton defeats Rep. Barbara Comstock, turning a GOP stronghold district in Virginia blue" The Washington Post November 6, 2018
  11. ^ "Editorial: Ramadan says rural Republicans need to be educated about political reality" Roanoke Times October 24, 2018
  12. ^ "Legislator: David Ramadan". www.vpap.org. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  13. ^ Baratko, Trevor. "Ramadan among founders of statehouse Business Development Caucus". loudountimes.com. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  14. ^ TIMES-DISPATCH, RICHMOND. "3 N.Va. legislators announce Redskins Pride Caucus". richmond.com. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Virginia Amendment Would Erase Property Taxes For Families Of Slain Soldiers". wamu.org. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Online voter registration takes effect in Virginia Industries". www.virginiabusiness.com. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  17. ^ https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+sum+HB2101
  18. ^ "LIS > Bill Tracking > HJ550 > 2013 session". lis.virginia.gov. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  19. ^ https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+sum+HB168S
  20. ^ https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB1351
  21. ^ "HB1353: Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; Supplement to Registry". Richmond Sunlight. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  22. ^ Staff. "Ramadan awarded for military spouse legislation". loudountimes.com. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  23. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  24. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  25. ^ http://conservative.org/american-conservative-union-announces-second-annual-conservative-ratings-of-the-virginia-general-assembly/
  26. ^ http://conservative.org/acu-announces-third-annual-conservative-ratings-of-the-virginia-general-assembly/
  27. ^ https://d229l5sflpl9cp.cloudfront.net/candidate/134514/david-ramadan?categoryId=&type=V,S,R,E,F,P&p=3#.WUf3S8bMyRs
  28. ^ "NRA Endorses David Ramadan". www.davidramadan.com. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  29. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  30. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  31. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  32. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  33. ^ "August 2011 Republican Primary Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  34. ^ "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  35. ^ "November 2013 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections.

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