Michael Webert

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Michael Webert
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Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 18th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2012
Preceded byClay Athey
Personal details
Born (1979-09-24) September 24, 1979 (age 40)
Denver, Colorado, US
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Rebecca Funkhouser
ChildrenWilliam Frederick Webert, Benny Webert
ResidenceFauquier County, Virginia
Alma materGeorge Mason University
OccupationFarmer
CommitteesAgriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Websitewww.michael-webert.com

Michael J. Webert (born September 24, 1979) is an American politician. A Republican, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2011. He currently represents the 18th district, made up of Rappahannock County and parts of Culpeper, Fauquier and Warren counties, in the north central part of the state.[1][2]

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

A native of Denver, Colorado, Webert graduated from the Kent School in Kent, Connecticut in 1998. After moving to Virginia, he received a B.A. in Communications from George Mason University in 2010.[1][2]

He is the general manager of Locust Hill Farm, LLC, a cattle farm near Middleburg, Virginia. He also owns a cattle marketing business.[1][2]

Webert married Rebecca Funkhouser. They have a son, William.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

The 18th House district incumbent, Republican Clay Athey of Front Royal, did not run for re-election in 2011 following redistricting that radically altered the map of the district. The following year, the General Assembly appointed Athey a circuit court judge.[3]

In 2011, Webert won the Republican primary with 56.4% of the vote, defeating Kevin P. Kelley of Warrenton with 2,016 votes to Kelley's 1,556.[4] He then won the general election with 69.6% of the vote, defeating Democratic candidate Bob L. Zwick of The Plains. He received 9,749 votes while Zwick received 4,264.[5]

In 2013, Webert won reelection with 63.3% of the vote, defeating Democratic nominee Colin S. Harris, a 22-year-old aerospace executive from Orlean, in the general election. He received 15,549 votes while Harris received 8,979 votes, or 36.5% of the vote.[6] This was (and remains, as of 2019) the strongest Democratic performance in the strongly Republican 18th district since 2001, when Peter B. Schwartz of Marshall won 37.3% of the vote in a three-way race against Athey and independent candidate Jerry M. Wood of Warrenton (who had previously served one term in the House of Delegates as a Democrat from 1992 to 1994).[7]

Webert ran unopposed in the 2015 election, winning 96.9% of the vote.[8]

In the 2017 election, Webert won his fourth term in the House of Delegates, defeating Democratic candidate Tristan D. Shields, a musician from Rixeyville, and Green Party candidate Wilton King, a retired Marine and federal air marshal from Bealeton. He received 16,686 votes while Shields received 9,486 and King received 1,433.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Virginia House of Delegates 2012; Delegate Michael J. Webert;". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Michael Webert, Delegate". Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  3. ^ Associated Press (May 15, 2012). "House Vote Sinks Openly Gay Judicial Nominee". CBS Washington. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "August 2011 Republican Primary Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Unofficial Results – General Election – November 5, 2013". Virginia State Board of Elections.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Unofficial Results – General Election – November 6, 2001". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  8. ^ "Unofficial Results – General Election – November 3, 2015". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  9. ^ "Unofficial Results – General Election – November 7, 2017". Virginia State Board of Elections.

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