Robert N. Tracci

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Robert N. Tracci
Tracci before Board of Supervisors in April 2016

Electoral District Albemarle County
Term Start 2016
Term End 2019
Preceded by Denise Lunsford
Succeeded by Jim Hingeley

Biographical Information

Robert N. Tracci was the elected Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney from December 2015 to December 2019.


Tracci is a first generation American and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois College of Law. He is married to Dr. Margaret Clarke Tracci, Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Margaret is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Illinois Schools of Medicine and Law.

Public service

After graduating from law school in 1999, Tracci served as Counsel, then Chief Legislative Counsel and Parliamentarian to the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. [1] In this capacity, he served as Counsel to the Committee on issues, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Innocence Protection Act of 2004, the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, and other criminal justice reforms.

After leaving his position on Capitol Hill, Tracci served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice. In this capacity, he served as a federal prosecutor in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Tracci assisted in prosecuting cases relating to crimes against children, computer crimes, financial services fraud, public corruption, large scale narcotics distribution, criminal offenses within the George Washington National Parkway, unlawful possession of firearms, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, murder for hire, and other matters. He also drafted responses to criminal appellate briefs and reviewed petitions for habeas relief and other matters.

Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney

Tracci was elected to one term as Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney. He defeated Denise Lunsford in the 2015 election.[2] He sought election to a second term in 2019 but was defeated by Jim Hingeley.[3]

2015 Election

Tracci announced his candidacy for Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney in front of the Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse on June 16, 2015.[4]

Candidates Votes %
Robert N. Tracci (R) 11,113 51.26
Denise Lunsford (D) 10,063 48.9
Write-In 53 0.23

2019 Election

Tracci announced his reelection bid on June 25. [5]

Candidates Votes %
Jim M. Hingeley (D) 21,435 56.27
Robert N. Tracci (R) 16,589 43.55
Write-In 69 0.18

Actions as Commonwealth's Attorney

Tracci appeared before the Board of Supervisors to lobby for additional funding to pay for an assistant attorney. He stated that Albemarle has one prosecutor per 19,000 residents whereas Stafford County has one per 7,500 residents. [6]


  1. Web. About Robert, Personal Website, retrieved May 16, 2024.
  2. Web. Tracci Defeats Lunsford for Albemarle Co. Commonwealth’s Attorney, NBC29, November 3, 2015, retrieved December 19, 2015.
  3. Web. Voters to decide on an abundance of local, state elections in 2019, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 22, 2019, retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. Web. Robert Tracci launches Albemarle prosecutor campaign, Lisa Provence, C-ville Weekly, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 16, 2015, retrieved June 1, 2016.
  5. Web. Albemarle County commonwealth's attorney announces re-election bid, Tyler Hammil, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, June 26, 2019, retrieved June 28, 2019.
  6. Web. Albemarle to keep two percent salary increase in FY17 budget, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 5, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.

Media appearances

External links

2015 Campaign Website