Frank Wagner

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Frank Wagner
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 7th district
In office
January 9, 2001 – May 8, 2019
Preceded byEd Schrock
Succeeded byJen Kiggans[1]
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 21st district
In office
January 8, 1992 – January 9, 2001
Preceded byCharles R. Hawkins
Succeeded byJohn Welch
Personal details
Born (1955-07-18) July 18, 1955 (age 65)
Ruislip, England, UK
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUnited States Naval Academy (BS)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1973–1982

Frank W. Wagner (born July 18, 1955) is an American politician. A Republican, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1992–2001, and was elected to the Senate of Virginia in a special election on December 19, 2000. He represented the 7th district in Virginia Beach and Norfolk from 2001 until 2019.[2][3] He was a member of the Commerce and Labor, General Laws and Technology, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation committees.

Personal life[edit]

Wagner was born at a United States Air Force base in England. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1977, with a B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering. He served in the United States Navy as a diving and salvage officer and an engineering duty officer,[4] then went into the boat building and repair business. He is currently the co-owner/vice president of Davis Boatworks.[2]

Political career[edit]

His focus and expertise is on energy policy.[citation needed]

In August 2016, Wagner announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in 2017.[5] He ran on the slogan "One veteran, one businessman, one Virginian, one choice."[6]

He lost the primary election on June 13, 2017, placing in third and last behind Corey Stewart and Ed Gillespie, the latter of whom eventually became the nominee.


  1. ^ Vozzella, Laura (December 27, 2019). "Virginia Senate gains two political outsiders and friends". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Senate of Virginia bio
  3. ^ "Commonwealth of Virginia; December 19, 2000 - Special Election". Archived from the original on January 17, 2006. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  4. ^ "Frank Wagner for Senate » About Frank". Archived from the original on April 4, 2019. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Wilson, Patrick (August 29, 2016). "Sen. Frank Wagner from Virginia Beach announces run for GOP nomination for governor of Virginia". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  6. ^ Armour, Evanne (May 19, 2017). "Meet the candidates: Republican Frank Wagner". WRIC. Retrieved March 18, 2019.


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