Virginia Senate, District 6

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District 6 of the Virginia Senate is a senatorial district that encompasses portions of Accomack County, Mathews County, Northampton County, Norfolk and Virginia Beach in the U.S. state of Virginia. This district is currently represented by Lynwood Lewis.

Historical boundaries[edit]

From 1940 to 1966, the 6th Senate District was located in the eastern part of Southside Virginia and included all of the counties of Greensville, Prince George, Surry, Sussex and the City of Hopewell.

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Davis v. Mann, the 6th District was expanded north of the James River to include all of James City County and the City of Williamsburg in order for all districts to be equipopulous. Additionally, when the City of Emporia was created out of Sussex County, it was included in the district. From 1972 - 1980, the 6th District was merged with the 5th and 7th Districts and they were jointly represented by three Senators. After the 1981 redistricting, there were no more multimember Senate districts. From 1982 - 2002, the district included parts of the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Current boundaries[edit]

The 6th District comprises parts of the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach in the Hampton Roads. In addition the district includes the Eastern Shore and Mathews County on the Middle Peninsula. The district includes most of the northern half of Norfolk.

District officeholders[edit]

Years Senator, District 6 Counties/Cities in District
1940 Robert W. Daniel (D) Greensville County, Prince George County, Surry County, Sussex County, and the City of Hopewell.
1941 - 1944 Garland Gray (D)
1944 - 1948
1948 - 1952
1952 - 1956
1956 - 1960
1960 - 1964
1964 - 1966
1966 - 1968 Greensville County, James City County, Prince George County, Surry County, Sussex County, the City of Hopewell and the City of Williamsburg.
1968 - 1972 Greensville County, James City County, Prince George County, Surry County, Sussex County, the City of Emporia, the City of Hopewell, and the City of Williamsburg.
1972 - 1976 Stanley C. Walker (D)
Peter K. Babalas (D)
Thomas McNamara
City of Norfolk, City of Virginia Beach (part). (Consolidated with Districts 5 and 7 to form a multi-member district)
1976 - 1980 Stanley C. Walker (D)
Peter K. Babalas (D)
Joseph T. Fitzpatrick (D)
1980 - 1984 Stanley C. Walker (D) City of Norfolk (part).
1984 - 1988
1988 - 1992
1992 - 1996 City of Norfolk (part), City of Virginia Beach (part).
1996 - 2000
2000 - 2004 Nick Rerras (R)
2004 - 2008 Accomack County, Mathews County, Northampton County, City of Norfolk (part), City of Virginia Beach (part).
2008 - 2012 Ralph Northam (D)
2012 - 2013
2014 - 2016 Lynwood Lewis (D)

Election history[edit]

Election history of District 6.

Most recent elections[edit]

2011[edit]

Virginia state elections, 2011: Senate District 6[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ralph Northam 16,606 56.75 +2.43%
Republican Ben Loyola, Jr. 12,662 43.13 -2.39%
Majority 2,944 13.62% +4.81%
Turnout 29,259
Democratic hold

Previous elections[edit]

2007[edit]

Virginia state elections, 2007: Senate District 6[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Nick Rerras 14,499 45.52
Democratic Ralph Northam 17,307 54.33
Majority 2,808 8.81
Turnout 31,851 41.81%
Democratic gain from Republican

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  2. ^ "2007 General Election". Office of the State Board of Elections (Virginia). Retrieved 2012-09-19.