David Toscano

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David Toscano
David Toscano 2010.jpg
Toscano in 2010
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 57th district
Assumed office
January 2006
Preceded by Mitchell Van Yahres
Personal details
Born ( 1950 -06-28) June 28, 1950 (age 66)
Syracuse, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy M. Tramontin
Children Mathieu Toscano
Residence Charlottesville, Virginia
Alma mater Colgate University
Boston College
University of Virginia School of Law
Profession Lawyer
Committees Courts of Justice; Rules; Transportation
Religion Roman Catholic
Website www.davidtoscano.com

David J. Toscano (born June 28, 1950) is an American politician and lawyer. A Democrat, he served on the Charlottesville, Virginia city council 1990–2002 and was mayor 1994–96. In November 2005 he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, replacing Mitchell Van Yahres. He currently represents the 57th district, made up of the city of Charlottesville and part of Albemarle County.[1][2] In November 2011, Toscano was elected House Minority Leader.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

David Toscano first won the Democratic nomination for the District 57 House of Delegates seat in 2005 with just 2,242 votes (out of 4,152 total).[4] In 2017, Ross Mittiga announced his candidacy to challenge Toscano in the Democratic primary election--the first and only primary challenger in 12 years.[5]

Toscano has only faced a general election opponent three times: in 2005, against Republican, T. W. McCrystal;[6] and in 2009 and 2011 against Independent candidate, Robert Brandon Smith III.[7][8]

In 2011, Toscano was elected Minority leader in the House of Delegates.[9]

Campaign finance[edit]

According to the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP), David Toscano's top donors are:

Donor Name Amount
Barbara J Fried (major land developer, bank chairman[10]) $70,500
Ronald D. Abramson (corporate lawyer[11]) $64,500
Roberta B Williamson $55,500
VA Auto Dealers Association $48,256
Christopher Mark Little (publishing executive[citation needed]) $38,000
VA Trial Lawyers Association (lobbying organization[12]) $38,000
Dominion Energy (controversial utility corporation[13][better source needed]) $36,938
James E Ukrop (venture capitalist, supermarket CEO, and bank chairman[14][15]) $31,500
Boyd Calvin Tinsley $30,952
John O Wynne (major telecom lobbyist[16][17]) $30,000
VA Cable Telecom Association (lobbying organization representing Comcast, Cox, TimeWarner, and others[18]) $28,500
Va Bankers Association (lobbying group, representing major banks and financial interests, pursuing deregulation of the banking industry[19]) $28,102
Va Association of Realtors $25,405


Over David Toscano's tenure in the House of Delegates, he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interests, including a $1,719 dinner from the utility company Dominion Power.[20][21]


  1. ^ Virginia House of Delegates bio, 2009
  2. ^ "About David". Virginia House of Delegates; David Toscano; Delegate for the 57th District. Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Toscano Elected New House Minority Leader". davidtoscano.com. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  4. ^ http://historical.elections.virginia.gov/elections/view/40568/
  5. ^ http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/politics/challengers-to-two-area-delegates-emerge/article_7600ea00-fa20-11e6-9f75-23e86eaaa8c6.html
  6. ^ http://historical.elections.virginia.gov/elections/view/41040/
  7. ^ http://historical.elections.virginia.gov/elections/view/38488/
  8. ^ http://historical.elections.virginia.gov/elections/view/45464/
  9. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/toscano-sickles-to-lead-house-democratic-caucus/2011/11/19/gIQA7bqubN_blog.html
  10. ^ http://www.friedcompanies.com/approach_family.htm
  11. ^ http://www.bipc.com/ronald-abramson
  12. ^ https://www.vtla.com/index.cfm?pg=Mission
  13. ^ Dominion Energy#Controversies
  14. ^ http://www.richmond.com/business/ukrop-family-bios/article_50855674-faf4-55ea-a809-04aa52eab973.html
  15. ^ http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=605324&privcapId=294382
  16. ^ http://cablecenter.org/2016-honorees/john-o-dubby-wynne.html
  17. ^ http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=1415897&privcapId=295533055
  18. ^ http://www.vcta.com/cable-operators
  19. ^ http://directory.vabankers.org/vba/custom/vbadirectories.aspx?dtype=ASSOC
  20. ^ http://www.vpap.org/candidates/6713/top_donors/
  21. ^ 29.com/story/35018886/deeds-toscano-hold-town-hall-at-monticello-high-school


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