Robert B. Bell

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Robert B. Bell III

Electoral District 58
Term Start 2002
Preceded by Paul C. Harris

Biographical Information

Date of birth April 23, 1967
Age 55
Place of birth Palo Alto, CA
Spouse Jessica Rhea Sweeney
Children Evelyn and Robbie (Robert IV)
Residence 5th District (Albemarle County)
Alma mater University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction, 1988);
University of Virginia
School of Law (J.D., 1995)
Religion Methodist
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

Robert Bernard Bell III (born April 23, 1967) is a practicing attorney and member of the General Assembly. In 2001, Mr. Bell was elected to the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 58th District, which includes Greene County and parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Rockingham Counties.[1][2] He assumed office in 2002. His current term ends on January 10, 2024.

As Delegate, he serves as the Chairman of the Courts of Justice Committee. He has also served as the Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission, which studies Virginia’s criminal laws and makes recommendations to the Legislature.

Biography

Bell earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995. Bell's professional experience includes working as an attorney, state prosecutor, and legal representative. Prior to serving as a member of the General Assembly, Bell was a state prosecutor and the Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee.

Elections

2023 election

TBD: Running for re-election in the general election for Virginia House of Delegates District 55 (HD55) on November 7, 2023.

2021 election

Incumbent Bell defeated Sara Ratcliffe in the general election for Virginia House of Delegates District 58 on November 2, 2021.

Republican primary election

The Republican primary election was canceled. Incumbent Bell advanced from the Republican primary for Virginia House of Delegates District 58.

Campaign history

Bell announced on December 6, 2011 that he would seek the Republican nomination for Attorney General in the 2013 election. He raised $1.1 million for the primary but lost to Mark Obenshain.[3]

On December 3, 2015, Bell announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for Attorney General in the 2017 election.[4] However, Bell dropped out of the race in November 2016. [5]

District Description

District Map: 58th House District (prior to the 2021 redistricting)
District Map ( prior to the 2021 redistricting): 58th House District (57th House District also shown)
District Map: 5th Congressional District Map
District Map: 5th and 6th Congressional District Map
  • Counties of Albemarle (part), Fluvanna (part), Greene, and Rockingham (part)
  • House District: 58th
  • Congressional District: 5th and 6th
  • Congressional District Residence: 5th

2009 election

Bell defeated Democrat Cynthia Neff in the 2009 election. [6]

2003 election

Bell ran unopposed in 2003. [7].

Legislative history

2019 SESSION

Previous Committee Assignments

  • Committee Membership[8]
    • Chair: Courts of Justice
    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Commerce and Labor
    • Select Committee on School Safety
    • Privileges and Elections
  • Subcommittee Membership[9]
    • Chair: Health, Welfare and Institutions - Subcommittee #2
    • Courts of Justice - Subcommittee #1
    • Commerce and Labor - Subcommittee #2

Other Commission & Committee Appointments

  • Crime Commission, Virginia State
  • Criminal Justice Diversion
  • Criminal Law Subcommittee
  • House Commerce and Labor
  • House Courts of Justice
  • House Health Welfare and Institutions
  • House Privileges and Elections
  • Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
  • Prevention and Response Protocol Subcommittee
  • Rappahannock River Basin Commission
  • School Safety, House Select Committee on
  • Sexual and Domestic Violence, Advisory Committee on
  • Student Behavior and Intervention Subcommittee

2011 SESSION

House Privileges and Elections Sub-Committee: #5 Redistricting

  • The members of the state House committee with responsibility for redistricting:
    • Mark L. Cole
    • S. Chris Jones
    • Bob Bell
    • Jackson H. Miller
    • Algie T. Howell, Jr
    • Rosalyn R. Dance

References

  1. Web. Listings of the Virginia House of Delegate, Bob Follek, Dick Kirkland, and Brian Hodges, Commonwealth of Virginia, July 10, 2013, retrieved December 31, 2018.
  2. Virginia House of Delegates Bio
  3. Web. Candidates, Virginia Public Access Project, retrieved October 13, 2020.
  4. Web. Republican Rob Bell vows to oust Herring as Va. attorney general, Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, December 3, 2015, retrieved June 1, 2016.
  5. Web. Republican Candidate for Attorney General Drops Out, Associated Press, WVIR NBC29 News, November 21, 2016, retrieved November 26, 2016.
  6. Web. Virginia House of Delegates Candidates Showcase, Podcast, Charlottesville Podcasting Network, August 12, 2009, retrieved April 17, 2021.
  7. *2003 Election Results Virginia State Board of Elections
  8. Web. Listings of the Virginia House of Delegate, Bob Follek, Dick Kirkland, and Brian Hodges, Commonwealth of Virginia, July 10, 2013, retrieved December 31, 2018.
  9. Web. Listings of the Virginia House of Delegate, Bob Follek, Dick Kirkland, and Brian Hodges, Commonwealth of Virginia, July 10, 2013, retrieved December 31, 2018.

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