Ryan McDougle

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Ryan McDougle
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 4th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2006
Preceded byBill Bolling
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 97th district
In office
January 9, 2002 – January 11, 2006
Preceded byGeorge W. Grayson
Succeeded byChris Peace
Personal details
Ryan Todd McDougle

(1971-11-09) November 9, 1971 (age 50)
Hanover, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceMechanicsville, Virginia
Alma mater
  • Judiciary
  • Privileges and Elections
  • Rehabilitation and Social Services
  • Rules

Ryan Todd McDougle (born November 9, 1971) is an American politician. A Republican, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 until 2006. He was elected to the Senate of Virginia. Since 2006, he has represented the 4th district, representing six counties and part of a seventh.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

McDougle was born in Hanover, Virginia, on November 9, 1971.[1]


Over the course of 13 years between 2006 and 2019, Mcdougle proposed approximately 487 bills and passed 58.3% of the bills in 2019.[3] McDougle was a leading critic of the 2011 redistricting of the Virginia Senate.[4]

Gun control[edit]

Following the Virginia Tech shooting, McDougle, along with delegate Bill Janis, proposed several gun control senate bills. McDougle successfully sponsored Senate Bill 226, which enforced a new law which required firearm purchasers to be asked whether they ever have been involuntarily committed to mental health treatment.[5][6]


McDougle supports the use of cannabis. However, he opposes use of cannabis in an apartment complex.[7] Senate bill 1406, is an ongoing bill which will legalize cannabis in Virginia, under certain circumstances. McDougle opposed this bill.[8]

Electoral history[edit]








2019 Virginia state senate elections[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ryan McDougle 45,714 63%
Democratic Stan Scott 26,654 36.7%
Other Other/Write-in votes 173 0.2%
Total votes 72,541 100.0%


  1. ^ a b "Ryan T. McDougle". Senate of Virginia. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  2. ^ "Ryan T. McDougle". House History. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  3. ^ "Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)". Richmond Sunlight. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  4. ^ Thomas, Jeff (2019). The Virginia Way: Democracy and Power after 2016. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-4671-4368-4.
  5. ^ "Governor OKs Bills Prompted by Tech Massacre | Alexandria Times". Alexandria Times. Alexandria, Virginia. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2021-02-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Journal of the Senate" (PDF). hodcap.state.va.us.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Pope, Michael. "Homegrown Marijuana Provision Remains in Legalization Legislation". WVTF. Retrieved 2021-02-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Lawmakers debate potential framework of legalizing marijuana in Virginia". WTVR. 2021-01-19. Retrieved 2021-02-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ a b c d "Ryan McDougle". Ballotpedia.

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