Senator Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)

Photo of Frank Ruff
Party
Republican
District
15: Brunswick County (Part), Charlotte County (All), Mecklenburg County (All), Lunenburg County (All), Nottoway County (All), Campbell County (Part), Dinwiddie County (Part), Halifax County (Part), Pittsylvania County (Part), Prince George County (Part), Danville City (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2000
Next Election
November 2015
Committees
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Finance, General Laws and Technology, Local Government
Website
frankmruff.com
Copatroning Habits
68% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 63% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 57% of them are Republicans.
Partisanship
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Bills Passed
54.2% in 2013
Campaign Contributions
$92,698.94 cash on hand (December 2012 report)
Top 10 Donors
Ruff for Senate 2011 Candidate Committee Clarksville $54,134
Associated General Contractors Construction Richmond $2,000
CPA PAC Accountants Glen Allen $1,000
Dominion Power PAC Electric Company Richmond $1,000
Home Builders Association of VA Home Builders Richmond $1,000
Hunton & Williams Law Firm Richmond $1,000
VA Engineers PAC Engineers Richmond $1,000
VA Coal Association PAC Coal Industry Richmond $1,000
Alpha Natural Resources Coal Industry Abingdon $1,000
VA Lifepoint Hospital Employee PAC Hospital PAC Richland $1,000

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Recent Mentions on Blogs

Virginia <b>Senator</b> Compares Obamacare To Tar Baby « | Bossip

March 23, 2014
Virginia Senator Compares Obamacare To Tar Baby Via HuffPo reports: Despite issuing an apology, Virginia state Sen. Frank Ruff (R) faced more heat on Wednesday for his decision to liken Medicaid expansion to a "tar ...

Virginia lawmaker uses &quot;tar baby&quot; slur to attack Obamacare <b>...</b>

March 21, 2014
Virginia state Sen. Frank Ruff compared "reliance on promised funds to provide health insurance for thousands of low-income Virginians to a 'tar baby'," as reported by news media. The statement was made during a ...

<b>Frank Ruff</b> Compares Obamacare To &#39;Tar Baby&#39; | News One

March 21, 2014
In the latest addition of “umm, that's racist,” meet Sen. Frank Ruff of Virginia, a GOP state senator who invoked the racial slur “tar baby” to condemn the Affordable Care Act. Ruff made the comments during an appearance at a ...

<b>Frank Ruff</b> Tar Baby Comment Apology Obamacare Medicaid <b>...</b>

March 19, 2014
State Senator Frank Ruff (R-VA) has apologized for comparing the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion program to a tar baby at a breakfast held by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce this week.

The Richmonder: <b>Senator Frank Ruff</b> deploys racist term against <b>...</b>

March 19, 2014
Henrico – Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) today assailed the remarks of his colleague Senator Frank Ruff in referring to Marketplace Virginia, the private insurance bipartisan plan to offer health care for low income Virginians, as a “tar baby.” Senator McEachin said, “For Senator Ruff to use an expression widely known as a racial slur was ... In regard to your article on Sen. Frank Ruff, please be aware that the term "tar baby" refers to a sticky situation that gets ...

Recent Mentions in the Media

Chatham Star-Tribune: Sen. Frank Ruff's report

March 28, 2014
Sen. Frank Ruff's reportLast week it was a pleasure to join the Governor and local leaders as an announcement was made expanding Trout River Manufacturing in Crewe. Trout River's quality wood flooring is sold nationally through Lumber Liquidators. They have had a small ...

Henrico Citizen: Senate budget reinstates Marketplace Virginia

April 17, 2014
Senate Finance committee member Sen. John Watkins ... Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg, Frank Ruff, R-Clarksville, and Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach -- who voted against the bill in committee -- also opposed the bill in the full Senate vote. Sens ...

Chatham Star-Tribune: State needs to control Medicaid spending

April 16, 2014
Until we get control of Medicaid expenditures, it makes absolutely no reasonable sense to add more to the Medicaid rolls with no knowledge as to whether we can serve them with our current healthcare providers, particularly in rural Virginia. Sen. Frank ...and more »

GoDanRiver.com: Controversial speaker slated for Freedom Fund Banquet

March 27, 2014
The banquet -- which was scheduled in advance -- comes after another racially-based controversy, in which state Sen. Frank Ruff, R-Mecklenburg, used the racially-charged term ?tar-baby? during a local chamber of commerce address. The NAACP's Virginia ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Frank Ruff’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since . There are 151 video clips in all.

Index

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Bills

  • SB78: FOIA; record exemption for administrative investigations by higher educational institutions.
  • SB79: Higher educational institutions; maintenance of optional retirement plan.
  • SB80: Parking of certain vehicles; adds Town of Blackstone to list of towns that may regulate or prohibit.
  • SB81: Water and sewer; liens for charges in Prince George County.
  • SB82: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission; extends sunset provision to July 1, 2017.
  • SB83: Rural Virginia, Center for; adds Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry as member of Board of Trustees.
  • SB84: Retail Sales and Use Tax; direct payment to Department of Taxation.
  • SB99: Traffic accidents; State Police maintenance of reports.
  • SB100: Retail Sales and Use Tax; satellite television programming equipment.
  • SB101: Life insurance; optional coverage for retired state employees.
  • SB102: Life insurance; coverage for retired state employees.
  • SB103: Health insurance; credit for retired state employees.
  • SB104: Alcoholic beverage control; expands privileges of gift shop licenses.
  • SB105: U.S. Constitution; establishes procedure for appointing delegates to a convention to amend.
  • SB405: Confederate cemeteries & graves; changes entity responsible for care of graves in Pittsylvania Co.
  • SB523: Local fiscal impact bills; first day introduction.
  • SB543: Judges; adds fourth circuit court judge to 10th Judicial Circuit.
  • SB544: Charter; Town of Victoria.
  • SB545: Reforestation Operations Fund; changes current Fund to nonreverting special fund.
  • SB546: Virginia Defense Force; localities may appropriate money, etc., for Force.
  • SB547: Uranium exploration; sampling of well activity.
  • SB628: Community colleges; workforce training.
  • SJ79: Hunting over bait; Department of Game & Inland Fisheries to study effects of removal of prohibition.
  • SJ80: Brain injury services; JLARC to study progress made by the Commonwealth in expanding access.
  • SJ130: Celebrating the life of James Calvin Ragsdale.
  • SJ5021: Celebrating the life of Billy Frank Hendley.
  • SJ5024: Commending Senior Trooper Samuel C. Moss.
  • SR51: Commending Oakland Baptist Church.
  • SR53: Commending Lawrence Distributing Company, Inc.
  • SB423: License plates; required to display only single plate on rear of vehicle.
  • SB426: Medicaid; appeals of agency determinations. Regarding overpayments.
  • SB429: Criminal history record information check; required forms upon sale of a firearm.
  • SB642: Retail Sales and Use Tax; amends definition of retail sale to include lottery tickets.
  • SB912: William and Mary, College of; management agreement between State.
  • SB913: Personal representatives; access to digital accounts.
  • SB914: Digital accounts and assets; enables a fiduciary to gain access.
  • SB915: Workers' compensation; injuries to public safety officers.
  • SB953: Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Department for; service for individuals with Alzheimer's disease.
  • SB954: Drone; willfully impeding hunting, Class 3 misdemeanor.
  • SB955: Public schools; teacher licensure.
  • SB1121: Water and waste authorities; rates.
  • SB1124: Local government records; clarifies authority of Auditor of Public Accounts, annual audit.
  • SB1175: Teach for America; creates two-year provisional license for participants.
  • SB1176: State Inspector General; additional powers and duties, report.
  • SB1177: Virginia Workforce Council; powers and duties.
  • SB1178: Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Reward Fund; amount of reward.
  • SB1179: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation; powers and duties of regulatory boards.
  • SB1265: Capital outlay; establishes revised six-year plan for projects.
  • SB1267: Contractors, Board for; licensure of tree care service providers, penalties.
  • SB1270: Marina operators; includes state & local agencies among those required to file lists of boat owners.
  • SB1319: 9th Street Office Building; authorization to sell, renovate, etc.
  • SB1320: Job investment and incentive grant programs; information to verify employment status.
  • SJ295: Commending James E. Astin, Jr.
  • SB7: Charter; Town of Brodnax.
  • SB422: Commissioners of accounts; certified public accountants may serve thereas.
  • SB423: License plates; required to display only single plate on rear of vehicle.
  • SB424: Line of Duty Act; under coverage individuals employed as fire company personnel for National Guard.
  • SB425: Interbasin transfer of water resources; State Water Control Board to establish procedures, etc.
  • SB426: Medicaid; appeals of agency determinations. Regarding overpayments.
  • SB427: Information Technology and Management Internal Service Fund; established for VITA.
  • SB428: Forestry, Department of; limits payments from timber sales to localities.
  • SB429: Criminal history record information check; required forms upon sale of a firearm.
  • SB430: Cemeteries; definition for purposes of zoning.
  • SB489: Secondary school graduation requirements; diplomas.
  • SB490: Senate Districts; technical adjustment in boundaries.
  • SB562: Transient occupancy tax; adds Campbell County to list authorized to impose.
  • SB563: Concealed handgun permit; alters certain application procedures to obtain.
  • SB570: Circuit court judges; increases number in Tenth Judicial Circuit.
  • SB640: Capital improvements; no locality shall approve project involving locality's courthouse, etc.
  • SB641: Air pollution; regulating emissions resulting from use of outdoor wood-burning heaters.
  • SB642: Retail Sales and Use Tax; amends definition of retail sale to include lottery tickets.
  • SB675: Confederate Memorial Chapel; Governor to designate as an official state war memorial.
  • SJ112: Celebrating the life of Francis Snead Ferguson.
  • SJ193: Celebrating the life of Kathleen Nunn Walker.
  • SJ212: Commending the Charlotte County Dixie Youth Baseball Majors team.
  • SJ213: Celebrating the life of Robert Williams Daniel, Jr.
  • SJ5002: Commending the Brunswick High School boys basketball team.
  • SB320: Law-enforcement officials; Class 6 felony when falsely summoning or gives false report to officials.
  • SB454: College Building Authority; acquire credit enhancements to secure payment of bonds issued.
  • SB657: Income tax, corporate; renewable energy products tax credit.
  • SB1276: Local disability services; agencies may convene local interagency services teams.
  • SB1296: Freedom of Information Act; record and meeting exemption for certain commissions.
  • SB1297: State Law Library; responsibility for placement of certain law books.
  • SB1298: Virginia Pollution Abatement Permit; inspection requirements.
  • SB1299: Fishing; if person is in interjurisdictional inland waters he is subject to laws of jurisdiction.
  • SB1300: DCR; authorized to divest itself of certain properties conveyed to it by Norfolk Southern Railroad.
  • SB1301: Public Procurement Act; exemptions for certain transactions.
  • SB1302: Special meeting notification; member of local governing body to be notified via electronic mail.
  • SB1303: Air pollution; Board shall develop a model ordinance to regulate outdoor hydronic heaters, etc.
  • SB1304: Electronic transfer of funds; required approval to transfer into consumer deposit account.
  • SB1305: Virginia Sickness and Disability Program; open-enrollment period.
  • SB1306: Higher Educational Institutions; Virginia College Building Authority to issue credit enhancements.
  • SB1307: Interbasin waters transfers; establishes a procedure.
  • SB1308: Alcoholic beverage control; referendum on mixed beverage sales in counties.
  • SB1407: Line of Duty Act; fire company personnel of National Guard and Air National Guard.
  • SB1408: Business, professional, occupational license tax; exemption for unprofitable business.
  • SJ477: Commending Buckingham County on the occasion of its 250th annviversary.
  • SB317: Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee; removes cap on reappointments for nonlegislative citizens.
  • SB318: Subdivision ordinance; dedication of public improvements.
  • SB319: Child support; court may order continuation for child over age 18 who is attending college.
  • SB320: Law-enforcement officials; Class 6 felony when falsely summoning or gives false report to officials.
  • SB322: Clarksville-Boydton Airport Commission; name changed to Lake Country Airport Commission.
  • SB323: Education, Secretary of; name changed to Secretary of Education and Workforce Development.
  • SB324: Charter; Town of Amherst.
  • SB454: College Building Authority; acquire credit enhancements to secure payment of bonds issued.
  • SB656: Property tax, local; separate classification for renewable energy manufacturing tangible property.
  • SB657: Income tax, corporate; renewable energy products tax credit.
  • SB658: Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones; established.
  • SB692: Probate tax; establishes tax on recordation of list of heirs, etc.
  • SJ127: Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe; extending state recognition thereto, representation on VCI.
  • SJ176: Commending Patricia Picard Cormier.
  • SJ190: Commending the Central Virginia Community Health Center on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.
  • SB1370: Branding of titles; title for repaired or rebuilt vehicle shall be printed on title.
  • SB1371: Land exchange; exchange of parcels of land between Departments of Conservation & Rec. & Forestry.
  • SB1372: Workers' compensation insurance; SCC establishes a mechanism for merger.
  • SB1373: Property owned by locality; service charge levied when property in boundary of another locality.
  • SB1374: Polygraph examiners; only a federal, state, or local law-enforcement officer shall operate device.
  • SB1375: Charter; Town of Clarksville.
  • SB1376: Unemployment compensation; eliminates requirement that applicants wait one week for benefits.
  • SB1480: Life insurance policies; delivery method.
  • SB1481: Criminal cases; allows circuit court clerk to assess local fee of up to 10% of total fees charged.
  • SB1535: Planning district commissions; designates Planning District Commissions 1, 2, and 13.
  • SB1536: Subdivision ordinances; landlocked property.
  • SJ422: Commending Sandra Moss.
  • SJ423: Celebrating the life of Corporal Jonathan T. Yale.
  • SR34: Commending Mano Talaiver.
  • SR35: Commending Jean Clary Bagley.
  • SB98: Longwood University; increases number of members of Board of Visitors.
  • SB99: Highway systems; revenue-sharing funds therefor in certain counties, cities, and towns.
  • SB252: Workforce development; Governor's responsibilities.
  • SB253: Employment Commission; employment stabilization.
  • SB254: Staunton River State Park; authorizes 20-foot wide easement across portion.
  • SB459: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemptions for nonprofit entities exempt from federal income taxes.
  • SB460: Charter; Town of Brodnax.
  • SB668: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemptions include certain computer.
  • SB695: Retirement System; benefits for local school superintendents.
  • SB756: Virginia Career Readiness Certificate Program; created, report.
  • SB757: Elections; town election polling places and processes
  • SB758: License plates, special; issuance to family members of certain persons killed in military service.
  • SB759: Concealed handgun permits; access to permittee information.
  • SB794: Clarksville-Boydton Airport Commission; authorized to issue bonds.
  • SJ24: Dyslexia Awareness Month; designating as October 2008, and each succeeding year thereafter.
  • SJ124: Commending the Town of Kenbridge on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
  • SR12: Commending Charles Reamy.
  • SB492: Easements; land locked parcels.
  • SB667: Carbon monoxide detectors; required in certain rental dwelling units in State.
  • SB800: Criminal history record information; consent of person for whom data is being obtained.
  • SB801: Reckless driving; raises speed that constitutes regardless of speed limit.
  • SB802: Law Officers' Retirement System; provides supplemental allowance currently paid to certain members.
  • SB803: License plates, special; issuance honoring Robert E. Lee.
  • SB804: Easements; landlocked parcels.
  • SB811: Transient occupancy tax; authorizes Amherst County to impose.
  • SB812: Revenue-sharing funds; for highway systems in certain.
  • SB813: School superintendents; retirement benefits.
  • SB1074: Single-family dwellings; localities to designate portion of undeveloped land for clustering.
  • SB1075: Literary Fund; amount of loans available to school division.
  • SB1076: Disabled persons; authorizes Department of Forestry, et al., to adopt hunting, etc. regulations.
  • SB1077: Carbon monoxide detector; Board of Housing & Community Development to install in dwelling units.
  • SB1078: Tourism Authority; powers and duties of the Executive Director.
  • SB1336: Health insurance; issuer to provide accurate utilization data.
  • SB1347: Guardian ad litem; petition for appointment thereof examined by physician before being appointed.
  • SJ89: Constitutional amendment; assessments of real property and tax rates (first reference).
  • SJ334: Financial Aid Awareness Month.
  • SJ335: Net lottery profits; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study distribution thereof.
  • SJ425: Constitutional amendment; assessments of real property (first reference).
  • SJ504: Celebrating the life of Howard Garth Goben.
  • SJ505: Celebrating the life of Josephine Marshall.
  • SJ506: Celebrating the life of James Woodrow Wilkerson.
  • SB50: License plates, special; honoring Robert E. Lee.
  • SB51: Local gov't; voluntary settlements that provide for annexation take effect by certain date.
  • SB52: Occoneechee State Park; lease extended.
  • SB53: Speed limits; increases maximum speed on Interstate Route 85.
  • SB54: Southern Virginia Higher Education Center; modifies membership of board of trustees.
  • SB70: Income taxes, state; payments to producers of quota tobacco and tobacco quota holders.
  • SB492: Easements; land locked parcels.
  • SB493: State contracts; requires bidders to disclose country of origin of goods, insurance, etc.
  • SB494: Chief Workforce Development Officer; Governor to serve as or designate senior staff member.
  • SB495: Law Officers' Retirement System; supplemental allowance.
  • SB527: Meherrin River; portion in Brunswick County designated as state scenic river.
  • SB667: Carbon monoxide detectors; required in certain rental dwelling units in State.
  • SB668: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission; changes sunset date.
  • SB669: Motor carrier transportation contracts; indemnification clauses.
  • SB689: Workforce Council; change in membership.
  • SJ35: Commending Angie Wilkerson.
  • SJ89: Constitutional amendment; assessments of real property and tax rates (first reference).
  • SJ154: Celebrating the life of Jerome Junius Booker, Sr.
  • SJ212: Celebrating the life of Lacey Virginia Barkley Harrison.
  • SJ298: Commending Estes Express Lines on its 75th anniversary.
  • SR16: Commending FIRST Robotics.
  • SR17: Commending the Town of Clarksville.
  • SR18: Commending Sarah Terry.