Roscoe Reynolds

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Roscoe Reynolds
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 20th district
In office
January 8, 1997 – January 11, 2012
Preceded by Virgil Goode
Succeeded by Bill Stanley
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 10th district
In office
January 11, 1986 – December 30, 1996
Preceded by Mary Sue Terry
Succeeded by Barnie Day
Personal details
Born William Roscoe Reynolds
(1942-05-21) May 21, 1942 (age 76)
Martinsville, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Linda Marshall
Children Amy, Andrew
Alma mater Duke University
Washington & Lee University
Profession Lawyer

William Roscoe Reynolds (born May 21, 1942) is an American politician. A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1986–97 and was elected to the Senate of Virginia in a December 1996 special election. Prior to his election to the House of Delegates, Reynolds served as Commonwealth's Attorney for Henry County, Virginia. He represented the 20th Senate district, made up of four counties and parts of two others in southwestern Virginia, plus the cities of Galax and Martinsville.[1]


In 2007, Roscoe Reynolds defeated his opponent, Jeff Evans, 62.88% to 37.06%, winning re-election to the Senate of Virginia.[2] After redistricting changed the composition of the 20th Senate district, Reynolds was challenged by William Stanley, the incumbent from the 19th district. In a three-way race, Stanley defeated Reynolds by 644 votes, 46.80% to 45.54%.[3]

Political positions[edit]

Castle Doctrine[edit]

  • Reynolds has voted multiple times against Castle Doctrine bills.
    • In January 2011, Reynolds voted against Senate Bill 876 (Castle Doctrine) which would have allowed “a lawful occupant use of physical force, including deadly force, against an intruder in his dwelling who has committed an overt act against him, without civil liability.” [4]
    • In February 2011, Reynolds was one of eight senators on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee who “passed by indefinitely” House Bill 1573, defeating the bill by an 8 to 4 margin.[5]


  1. ^ Senate of Virginia bio
  2. ^ "November 6, 2007 General Election Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  3. ^ "November 2011 General Election Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  4. ^ Norfolk Examiner, January 19, 2011
  5. ^ National Rifle Association, February 15, 2011


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