|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the Giles and Pulaski Counties district
1972 – July 24, 1990
|Preceded by||Garnett S. Moore|
|Succeeded by||Barbara Stafford|
April 20, 1939|
Giles County, Virginia
|Died||July 24, 1990(aged 51)|
|Alma mater||College of William and Mary (B.A.)
University of Virginia (LL.B.)
Chester Jefferson Stafford (nickname "Jeff", April 20, 1939 – July 24, 1990) was a Virginia lawyer and politician. Elected in 1971 as a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, he represented what had been Virginia's 12th district but was renumbered Virginia's 5th district after the 1972 census, which included parts of Carroll, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties; and the city of Radford from 1972 until his death.
Stafford served 2 years in the U.S. Army infantry in Korea, then practiced law in Pearisburg (the seat of Giles County) and surrounding areas in southwest Virginia. He was also active in the Jaycees, Masons and Methodist Church.
Redistricting after the 1970 census split the southwest Virginia districts represented by Democrats Archibald A. Campbell of Wytheville, Virginia and Garnett S. Moore of Pulaski, Virginia. Campbell continued to represent Bland County, but now with the city of Galax, Virginia and Wythe and Grayson Counties as the 4th District. However, Giles County was now grouped with Pulaski county as the 5th District, and voters elected Republican Stafford, who defeated Moore (who had represented Pulaski since 1954) by a 54% to 45% margin. Stafford won re-election nine times against various Democrats (and twice without opposition), although in subsequent reapportionments Craig County would be added in 1974, and then the city of Radford. The post-1980 reapportionment removed Craig County but added Bland County and parts of Tazewell County.
His wife Barbara, a fellow Giles county native and homemaker as well as president of the Pearisburg Junior Womens club, succeeded to the seat for one term upon his death in office in 1990.
- "Historical Bio for C. Jefferson Stafford". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
- Clerk of the House of Delegates, The General Assembly of Virginia 1962-1981 (Richmond, 1983) p. 234
- Ray A. Garland, "Stafford Rode as a Steady Soldier" Daily Press (July 31, 1990) available at http://articles.dailypress.com/1990-07-31/news/9007310173_1_free-market-political-giant-challenge
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