|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 10th district
January 11, 2012 – January 10, 2018
|Preceded by||Ward Armstrong|
|Succeeded by||Wendy Gooditis|
July 31, 1957 |
|Spouse(s)||Teresa Hatterick Minchew|
|Alma mater||Duke University
Magdalen College, Oxford
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Virginia Theological Seminary
|Committees||Courts of Justice
J. Randall "Randy" Minchew (born July 31, 1957, in Arlington, Virginia) is an American politician and lawyer. A Republican, he was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2011, and re-elected for two subsequent terms. He represented the 10th district, made up of parts of Clarke, Frederick and Loudoun counties in the northern part of the state.
Early life, education, business career
Minchew attended Langley High School in Fairfax County, Virginia; as a senior, he was a campaign volunteer for future Congressman Frank Wolf. He received an A.B. degree from Duke University in 1980, studying public policy and economics.
After graduation, he worked in the district attorney's office in Durham County, North Carolina. He received a certificate from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1982, and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1984, after which he clerked for Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Christian Compton. He then moved to Leesburg, Virginia to practice law.
Minchew became involved with the Loudoun County Republican Committee after his move to Leesburg, and was twice elected county Republican chair. In late 2005, Senator Bill Mims resigned his 33rd district Senate of Virginia seat to become Chief Deputy Attorney General. Minchew ran for the Republican nomination, finishing second in a four-way race, behind Loudoun County Supervisor Mick Staton. Staton lost the ensuing special election to Democrat Mark Herring.
The 10th House district was moved from the Martinsville area, on Virginia's southern border, to the northern tip of the state in the 2011 redistricting. Minchew won a three-way Republican primary in the new district, defeating his closest competitor, attorney John Whitbeck, by 87 votes. He defeated Democratic candidate David S. "Dave" Butler in the general election, 8140-5789.
In 2013 Minchew faced no challenger for the Republican nomination. His general election campaign included a TV ad touting his accomplishments  Minchew was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, the Virginia Farm Bureau, the Virginia Association of Realtors, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, and the Virginia Education Association, as well as the Loudoun, Frederick, and Clarke County Education associations, the Washington Post, and the Loudoun Times-Mirror. Minchew won re-election in the general election, decisively defeating Democratic challenger Monte A. Johnson, 12,950 - 9,723 (57% - 43%).
In 2015 Minchew again faced no challenger for the Republican nomination. In the general election he faced Democrat Peter Rush, a Leesburg resident and formerly a member of the Loudoun County Soil and Water Board. Minchew won re-election 10,415-6,355 (62%-38%). This is his largest margin of victory since taking office.
Randy Minchew opposes cannabis legalization.
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