Jill Vogel

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Jill Vogel
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Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2008
Preceded byRuss Potts
Personal details
Jill Kendrick Holtzman

(1970-07-06) July 6, 1970 (age 48)
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Alex Vogel
EducationCollege of William and Mary (BA)
DePaul University (JD)
WebsiteSenate website

Jill Kendrick Vogel (née Holtzman, July 6, 1970) is an American politician and attorney serving as the Virginia State Senator from the 27th district since 2008. A Republican, her district is located in the northern part of the state and consists of Clarke County and Frederick County, the city of Winchester, as well as parts of Fauquier County, Culpeper County, and Loudoun County.[1]

Early and family life[edit]

Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Vogel's family started a small business that had eventually had grown into an enterprise employing over 600 people in Virginia. Vogel attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and received a B.A. degree in government and religion. She then attended DePaul University's Law School in Chicago, Illinois, and received a J.D. degree.[1]

Political career[edit]

A member of the Virginia and Washington D.C. bars, Vogel specializes in laws relating to charitable and nonprofit organizations, as well as campaign finance and ethics. Vogel served as Deputy General Counsel in the Department of Energy, before starting her own law firm, Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky. Vogel became the Chief Counsel of the Republican National Committee in February 2004 (she had previously been Deputy Chief Counsel, as well as involved in the 2000 Florida recount and as a staff counsel at the 1996 Republican National Convention).[2]

She was elected to the Senate of Virginia (a part-time position) as a Republican in 2007, after long-term state senator Russ Potts retired, defeating several opponents in the Republican primary and the general election.[3] She represents much of the territory that was once represented by former Governor and U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd Sr. and former U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd Jr. It was one of the first areas of Virginia to turn Republican; the GOP has held the seat without interruption since Harry Jr.'s appointment to the U. S. Senate in 1965.

Vogel faced a contentious race in 2007, winning by only 661 votes over Winchester School Board Trustee Karen Schultz as the Democrats regained control of the Senate. She was re-elected by a wider margin in 2011.

In 2012, Vogel attracted nationwide media attention for a bill she introduced requiring abortion clinics to provide ultrasounds, which she described as necessary for fully informed consent.[4] In 2015, Vogel's candidacy for reelection was unopposed. She became the Caucus Whip for the Republican party in the state Senate.

In 2016, she introduced legislation to allow victims of domestic violence to more easily and quickly obtain concealed weapons permits.[5] That same year, she also gained nationwide media attention for helping repeal laws that allowed "child marriage" involving pregnant minors.[6] In 2017, she sought to curb gerrymandering by introducing a bill establishing more specific criteria for redistricting in Virginia.[7] She also introduced legislation to legalize medicinal use of non-psychoactive cannabis oils for a range of conditions.[8]

In 2017, after an unusually bitter primary battle,[9] Vogel became the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2017.[10] She lost to Democrat Justin Fairfax in the general election on November 7, 2017. If she had been elected, she would have become the first female Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.


Date Election Candidate Party Votes %
Virginia Senate, 27th district
June 12, 2007[11] Primary Jill H. Vogel Republican 3,778 54.0%
Mark D. Tate Republican 2,022 28.9%
Terrence L. Nyhous Republican 654 9.3%
Richard W. Robinson Republican 548 7.8%
Nov 6, 2007[12] General Jill H. Vogel Republican 24,960 48.4%
Karen K. Schultz Democratic 24,301 47.2%
Donald C. Marro Independent 2,170 4.2%
Write Ins 90
Nov 8, 2011[13] General Jill H. Vogel Republican 24,555 74.6%
Shaun D. Broy Democratic 7,616 23.2%
Donald C. Marro Independent 681 2.1%
Write Ins 12
Nov 3, 2015[14] General Jill H. Vogel Republican 34,203 100.0%
Write Ins 964
Virginia Lieutenant Governor
June 13, 2017[15] Primary Jill H. Vogel Republican 151,880 42.8%
Bryce Reeves Republican 141,888 40.0%
Glenn Davis Republican 60,998 17.2%
Nov 7, 2017[16] General Justin E. Fairfax Democratic 1,368,261 52.7%
Jill H. Vogel Republican 1,224,519 47.2%
Write Ins 2,446 0.1%


  1. ^ a b Jill Holtzman Vogel at Virginia Senate site
  2. ^ Jill Holtzman Vogel at Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky law firm site
  3. ^ Senate district 27 elections at Virginia Department of Elections site
  4. ^ "Vogel's ultrasound bill sparks media firestorm". www.loudountimes.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Domestic violence survivor says proposed bill to protect victims, could do more harm than good". wtvr.com. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  6. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (3 July 2016). "Why 13-year-olds can no longer marry in Virginia". Retrieved 3 January 2018 – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  7. ^ Advance, Alex Rohr The (Lynchburg) News &. "Redistricting reformers lobby for a permanent fix". roanoke.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  8. ^ Fain, Travis. "Small committee shoots down medical marijuana oil expansion". dailypress.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  9. ^ Vozzella, Laura (8 June 2017). "Republicans rebuke 'gay bashing' fliers in race for Va. lt. governor". Retrieved 3 January 2018 – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  10. ^ "GOP's Vogel running for lieutenant governor", Richmond Times Dispatch, March 11, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "June 2007 Republican Primary Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  12. ^ "November 2007 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  13. ^ "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  14. ^ "November 2015 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  15. ^ "June 2017 Republican Primary Official Results". VPAP.
  16. ^ "2017 Candidates List for Statewide Office" (PDF). Virginia State Board of Elections.


External links[edit]

Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
Russ Potts
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 27th district