Delegate Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg)

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59: Counties of Albemarle (part), Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell (part), and Nelson (part) [map]
Took Office
January 2012
Next Election
November 2015
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, Finance, Militia, Police and Public Safety
Copatroning Habits
87% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 100% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 72% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
26.3% in 2014
Campaign Contributions
$1,133.66 cash on hand (May 2013 report)
Top 10 Donors
Dominion Leadership Trust Political Fredericksburg $2,500
John and Margaret Whitlock Multi Media Richmond $2,000
Dave Albo for Delegate Political Springfield $1,300
Virginia Uranium Uranium Chatham $1,000
Majority Leaders PAC Political Colonial Heights $1,000
Dominion PAC Political Richmond $1,000
Abbott Laboratories Employee PAC Politcal IL $500
Virginia Bank PAC Political Glen Allen $500
Electric Cooperatives of Virginia Electric Utilties Glen Allen $500
Altria Client Services, Inc. Consulting Richmond $500

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Recent Mentions in the Media

Lynchburg News and Advance: Delegate signs on as co-patron on bill to legalize hemp production

December 11, 2014
Roanoke TimesDel. Matt Fariss, R-Rustburg, has signed on as chief co-patron of a bill to legalize industrial hemp production in Virginia. Fariss, a farmer, said hemp could be an asset for growers searching for new crops to cultivate.Delegate signs on as co-patron on hemp production billRichmond Times-DispatchYost hemp bill gets co-patronRoanoke Timesall 4 news articles »

Lynchburg News and Advance: Governor's budget proposal receives mixed reviews

December 18, 2014
Governor's budget proposal receives mixed reviews?I think the governor has brought forth an extraordinarily ambitious agenda, particularly at a point in time when we still have considerable economic challenges before us,? said Del. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg.and more »

The Daily Progress: Area delegate signs on as co-patron on hemp production bill

December 13, 2014
LYNCHBURG ? A state delegate whose district includes Buckingham County and parts of Nelson and Albemarle counties has signed on as chief co-patron of a bill to legalize industrial hemp production in Virginia. Del. Matt Fariss, R-Rustburg, said hemp ...

Lynchburg News and Advance: Lynchburg area legislators oppose bill to decriminalize marijuana

December 14, 2014
Local legislators are opposed to a proposal to relax Virginia's marijuana laws, and several predicted the issue would get little traction in Richmond. ?I don't think it's going to leave the Senate,? said Del. Kathy Byron, R-Forest.

Lynchburg News and Advance: Protesters ask federal courts to curb police

December 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Protesters upset over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer are asking a federal judge to step in and curb the police. A temporary restraining order request was filed Wednesday federal court in ...and more »

From this Legislator’s Twitter Feed

July 13, 2012

MattFariss: The 2012 Romney Campaign bus stopped by The Lynchburg Republican Headquarters!! #

July 13, 2012

MattFariss: The 2012 Romney Campaign bus stopped by The Lynchburg Republican Headquarters!! #

July 13, 2012

MattFariss: The 2012 Romney Campaign bus stopped by The Lynchburg Republican Headquarters!! #

June 25, 2012

MattFariss: Bobby & Harrison @ our chicken farm. #

June 25, 2012

MattFariss: Thanks to the South Central Association of Realtors- great food and fellowship at their annual BBQ in Farmville! #

These are all of the video clips of Matt Fariss’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2012. There are 27 video clips in all.


  • HB741: Antique motor vehicles; exempted from exhaust system requirements.
  • HB64: Stephen L. Thompson Memorial Highway; designating as a portion of Va. Route 24 in Town of Rustburg.
  • HB398: Statutes of limitation; accrual of right of action.
  • HB441: Motor vehicle insurance; salvage vehicles.
  • HB560: Land use permits; issued by VDOT to a company providing utility service solely for agricultural use.
  • HB741: Antique motor vehicles; exempted from exhaust system requirements.
  • HB856: Hazardous waste; removes requirement that permit is required from DEQ to transport.
  • HB857: Muzzle-loading rifle season; persons to wear certain blaze orange clothing.
  • HB858: State forest activity fee; Department of Forestry to promulgate emergency regulations to establish.
  • HB1042: Muzzleloading pistols; allowed to use certain pistols to hunt game birds, etc., in certain counties.
  • HB1071: Stormwater Management Program; delays implementation by local governments.
  • HB1168: Wetland and stream mitigation banks; state lands that are used to provide compensatory mitigation.
  • HJ110: Commending Altavista Combined School football team.
  • HJ146: Celebrating the life of Hugh T. Pendleton, Jr.
  • HJ215: Commending Charles Warren Falwell, Sr.
  • HJ227: Celebrating the life of Clayton Campbell Bryant, Sr.
  • HJ282: Celebrating the life of Floyd Withers Merryman, Jr.
  • HJ308: Commending the Appomattox Angels All-Star softball team.
  • HJ5040: Celebrating the life of James Rudolph Burgess.
  • HJ5047: Commending Altavista Combined School boys' basketball team.
  • HB1363: Private security services businesses; exempts certain employees and representatives from training.
  • HB2085: Consumer Counsel of Dept. of Law, Division of; replaces referenece to Office of Consumer Affairs.
  • HB2086: Agriculture and Consumer Services, Board of; regulatory powers.
  • HB2214: Licenses, restricted; issued when suspended for failure to pay fines and costs.
  • HB2248: Money laundering; adds investigations of violations to multijurisdiction grand juries.
  • HB2279: Children; placement of nonresident child in State residential facility.
  • HJ744: United Cherokee Indian Tribe of Virginia, Incorporated; State Recognition.
  • HJ765: Celebrating the life of Staff Sergeant Gregory Todd Copes.
  • HJ778: Commending J. R. Burgess.
  • HB742: Farm vehicles; distance limit.
  • HB743: Farm utility vehicles; tax exemption.
  • HB744: Interstate Compact on Placement of Children; placement of children in residential facility.
  • HB1219: Common Interest Community Board; authorized to terminate inactive condominium, etc., registrations.
  • HB1269: Zoning appeals, board of; appeals resulting in tie vote may be carried over until next meeting.
  • HJ498: Commending Stephen L. Thompson, M.D.
  • HJ499: Commending Hugh W. Rosser.