David W. Marsden

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David W. Marsden
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 37th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2010
Preceded byKen Cuccinelli
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 41st district
In office
January 2006 – January 13, 2010
Preceded byJim Dillard
Succeeded byEileen Filler-Corn
Personal details
Born (1948-04-05) April 5, 1948 (age 71)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Julia-Anna Thompson
ChildrenNathan, Stuart, Connor
ResidenceBurke, Virginia
Alma materRandolph-Macon College
OccupationJuvenile justice

David W. "Dave" Marsden (born April 5, 1948, in Alexandria, Virginia) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. He currently represents the 37th district in the Senate of Virginia, which is a portion of Fairfax County, since 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 41st district. Prior to his career in politics he spent 17 years as head of the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center until 1999. In 2000 Governor Jim Gilmore appointed him Chief Deputy and then Acting Director of the 2,700-person Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. He then served for 6 months in the administration of Governor Mark Warner.

On January 12, 2010, Marsden defeated Steve Hunt in a special Senate election to replace Republican Ken Cuccinelli who was elected Attorney General the previous fall. On January 13, 2010, Marsden was sworn in. An additional special election was held March 2, 2010 to replace Marsden in the Virginia House of Delegates. It was won by Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn.

David W. Marsden graduated from W.T. Woodson High School in 1966 and Randolph-Macon College in 1970.



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  • "Senate of Virginia; David W. Marsden". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  • Dave Marsden for Delegate (Constituent/campaign website)
  • Dave Marsden for State Senate (Constituent/campaign website)

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