Mamie Locke

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mamie Locke
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
January 14, 2004
Preceded by W. Henry Maxwell
Mayor of Hampton, Virginia
In office
July 1, 2000 – January 14, 2004
Preceded by Joseph Spencer II
Succeeded by Charles A. Wornom
Personal details
Born ( 1954 -03-19) March 19, 1954 (age 62)
Brandon, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Hampton, Virginia
Alma mater Tougaloo College (B.A.)
Atlanta University (M.A., Ph.D.)
Profession Educator
Committees Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Local Government
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Religion Roman Catholic

Mamie Evelyn Locke (born March 19, 1954) is an African-American politician and educator. A Democrat, she was a member of the Hampton, Virginia city council 1996–2004, and mayor 2000–2004. Since 2004, she has been a member of the Senate of Virginia from the 2nd district. She currently represents parts of the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Portsmouth, plus part of York County. She is also Professor of Political Science and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Hampton University.[1]


Locke received a B.A. degree in history and political science from Tougaloo College in 1976. She then attended Atlanta University for advanced political science studies, receiving an M.A. in 1978 and a Ph.D. in 1984. She also completed a program in Middle Eastern studies at the American University in Cairo in 1986.[2]

Political career[edit]

Locke was first elected to Hampton City Council in 1996. The council chose her as Vice Mayor in 1998 and Mayor in 2000.[1][2]

In 2003, she won a three-way Democratic primary for the 2nd Senate district nomination with 48.11% of the vote.[3] She then won the general election over Republican P. K. Bomersheim and independent J. B. Hobson with 64.75%.[4]

In 2007, Locke was unopposed.[5]

In 2011, she defeated Republican Tom E. Harmon IV with 65.39% of the vote.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Senator Mamie E. Locke; Democrat-District 2". Senate of Virginia. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Mamie Locke; Virginia State Senate - District 2". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Commonwealth of Virginia; June 10, 2003 election - primaries". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  4. ^ "General Election - November 4, 2003". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ "November 6, 2007 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  6. ^ "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 

External links[edit]