William H. Hodges

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William H. Hodges
Judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals
In office
January 1985 – October 31, 1989
Preceded by None (position created)
Succeeded by Jere M. H. Willis, Jr.
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
January 12, 1966 – January 12, 1972
Preceded by Gordon F. Marsh
Succeeded by William E. Fears
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 49th district
In office
January 10, 1962 – January 12, 1966
Preceded by Charles B. Cross, Jr.
Succeeded by Stanley G. Bryan
Personal details
Born William H. Hodges
(1929-04-18) April 18, 1929 (age 88)
Hickory, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Randolph-Macon College
Washington & Lee University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1951–1953

William H. Hodges (born April 18, 1929) is a retired Virginia Court of Appeals judge and state legislator.

Early life and education[edit]

Hodges is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia (then known as Norfolk County, Virginia). Hodges graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1951, where he earned his B.A. in sociology. While at Randolph-Macon, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. Hodges received his J.D. from the Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1956.[1] He practiced law in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Hodges was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, serving from 1951-53.

Political and judicial career[edit]

Hodges was elected in 1961 as Democrat to the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 49th District. He served two terms in the House and then was elected to the Virginia Senate when incumbent State Senator William B. Spong was elected the U.S. Senate in 1966. Hodges represented the 3rd District, which included all of the cities of Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, from 1966 to 1972.

He was Judge of the First Judicial Circuit of Virginia from 1972-1984. In 1977, Hodges was appointed by Governor Mills E. Godwin as Chairman of the Virginia Council on Criminal Justice. When the Virginia General Assembly created the Court of Appeals of Virginia in 1985, Judge Hodges was one of its first members. He served that court as an active member until 1989 and as a senior judge after that.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1981, Hodges was named First Citizen of the City of Chesapeake and in 1983 he received the Commendation Award from the Chesapeake Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his community service. In 1993 he was further honored by the Chamber for his contributions to the city.

Hodges has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake People's Bank, on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater Randolph-Macon College and as vice chairman of the Virginia Crime Commission.


Virginia House of Delegates
Preceded by
Charles B. Cross
Virginia House, District 49
Succeeded by
Bernard Levin
Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
William B. Spong
Virginia Senate, District 3
Succeeded by
William E. Fears
Legal offices
Preceded by
Newly Created Court
Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
J.M.H. Willis Jr.