Luke Torian

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Luke E. Torian
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 52nd district
Assumed office
January 13, 2010
Preceded by Jeff Frederick
Personal details
Born (1958-05-30) May 30, 1958 (age 58)
Roxboro, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Clarice Jones
Residence Woodbridge, Virginia
Alma mater Howard University
Virginia Union University
Winston-Salem State University
Profession Pastor
Committees Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Counties, Cities and Towns
General Laws
Religion Baptist

Dr. Luke E. Torian (born May 30, 1958) is an American politician. Since 2010 he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 52nd district in the Prince William County suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Democratic Party.[1]

Torian has served on the House committees on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources; Counties, Cities and Towns; and General Laws.[2]

Early life, education, career[edit]

Torian was born in Roxboro, North Carolina. He received a B.A. degree in political science from Winston-Salem State University in 1980. Training to become a Baptist minister, he received a master's degree in divinity in 1984 from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and a doctorate in ministry from the Howard University School of Divinity in 1987.[1][3]

Torian worked for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for eight years. He was pastor of Gilfield Baptist Church in Charles City County, Virginia 1990–1995. Since then, he has been pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries.[3]

Electoral History[edit]

In February 2009, Republican Party of Virginia chair Jeff Frederick announced that he would not run for reelection to the Virginia House of Delegates.[4] Torian ran for Frederick's 52nd district seat, winning a Democratic primary with more than two-thirds of the votes cast,[5] then defeating Republican nominee Rafael Lopez.[6]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 52nd district
Jun 9, 2009[5] Democratic primary Luke E. Torian 1,812 68.14
Michael A. Hodge 847 31.85
Nov 3, 2009[7] General Luke E. Torian Democratic 8,267 51.89
Rafael Lopez Republican 7,616 47.81
Write Ins 46 0.28
Jeff Frederick retired; seat switched from Republican to Democratic
Nov 8, 2011[8] General Luke E. Torian Democratic 5,156 60.58
S. Cleveland Anderson Republican 3,327 39.09
Write Ins 27 0.31


  1. ^ a b "Bio for Luke E. Torian". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Legislative Information System". Virginia General Assembly. Archived from the original on 1996-12-19. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Pastor". First Mount Zion Baptist Church. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  4. ^ Iovino, Jim (2009-02-13). "Va. GOP Chair Out ... Wife May Be In?". NBC. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  5. ^ a b "2009 June Democratic Primary Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  6. ^ "2009 Election Results". WTOP. 2009-12-20. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  7. ^ "November 2009 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  8. ^ "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 

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