Sam Rasoul

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Sam Rasoul
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 11th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2014
Preceded by Onzlee Ware
Personal details
Born ( 1981 -06-30) June 30, 1981 (age 36)
Warren, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Layaly Rasoul
Children 3
Residence Roanoke, Virginia
Alma mater Roanoke College; Hawaii Pacific University
Profession Businessperson

Sam Rasoul (born June 30, 1981) is an American politician. A Democrat, Rasoul was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in January 2014.[1] He is the only Muslim member of the Virginia General Assembly.[1] He represents the 11th District, which is made up of part of the City of Roanoke.

Political career[edit]

Rasoul was elected in a special election held on January 7, 2014. The special election was held to fill the vacancy created by the resignation, in November 2013, of Delegate Onzlee Ware.[2] Rasoul received nearly 70% of the vote over his Republican opponent Octavia Johnson.[3] He was inducted into office on January 8, 2014.[4]

In September 2016 he initiated House Joint Resolution 541 to the Virginia House of Delegates, a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution for "top two open primaries" for various Virginia elections, in which candidates from opposing parties would run on one ballot.[5] The top two candidates in the proposed public primaries would subsequently compete in traditional one-on-one runoffs in Virginia's general elections.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rasoul was born in Warren, Ohio in 1981, the son of Palestinian immigrants.[6] He and his wife Layaly have three children.[7]

Electoral History[edit]

House of Delegates 11th District Special Election, 2014 [8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sam Rasoul 5,129 70.2%
Republican Octavia Lyvonne Johnson 2,166 29.6%
Write-in 14 0.2%
Total votes 7,309 100.00%
Democratic hold
House of Delegates 11th District Election, 2015[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sam Rasoul (inc.) 11,216 96.2%
Write-in 447 3.8%
Total votes 11,663 100.00%
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b "Richmond Sunlight » Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)". Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ Yoon, Erica (January 8, 2014). "Sam Rasoul easily takes Roanoke House of Delegates seat". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ballhous, Rebecca (January 8, 2014). "Special Election in Virginia: Another Cliffhanger". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sluss, Michael (January 8, 2014). "Rasoul goes to work in Richmond". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b LIS - Virginia's Legislative Information System (September 15, 2016). "2017 Session: HJ 541 Constitutional amendment; top two open primary election (first reference).". Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ "ColorsVA". Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Candidate Profile - Sam Rasoul". Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Candidate Profile - Sam Rasoul". Retrieved April 22, 2017. 

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