Senator Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)

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8: Virginia Beach City (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2010
Next Election
November 2015
Local Government, Transportation, Education
Copatroning Habits
66% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 71% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 59% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
40.7% in 2014
Campaign Contributions
$44,899.80 cash on hand (December 2012 report)

Elected in a special election, held the night prior to the beginning of the 2010 General Assembly session. The election was held because the incumbent, Sen. Ken Stolle, won the seat of sheriff in Virginia Beach in the November election.

Top 10 Donors
Medical Society of Virgina Physicians Richmond $2,500
Community Loans of America, Inc. Consumer Credit GA $1,000
AMERIGROUP Corporation Health Care and Social Assistance Virginia Beach $1,000
Virginia Hospital Association, PAC Political Action Committee Richmond $1,000
Verizon Good Government Club of VA Political Action Committee Richmond $500
Altria Client Services, Inc. Tobacco Richmond $500
Kanopi Health, Inc. Health Care MD $500
Virginia BankPAC Political Action Committee Glen Allen $500
Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding Newport News $500
Virginia Optometric Association, PAC Political Action Committee Richmond $500

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Recent Mentions in the Media

The Virginian-Pilot: Chesapeake educators ring alarm over funding cuts

December 15, 2014
"You cannot tell me there's no connection between the loss of funding and the number of schools not accredited," Roberts said. Republican state Sen. Jeff McWaters from Virginia Beach, who's on the Senate education and health committee, understands that ...

Daily Press: ODU scholarship established in memory of late Virginia Natural gas president

November 25, 2014
State Sen. Jeff McWaters also presented a framed memorial resolution from the commonwealth, according to a news release. The company also announced the creation of the Jodi S. Gidley Legacy Scholarship at Old Dominion University, where Gidley ...

Daily Press (blog): GOP's McWaters: Bring back Virginia's Obamacare money

November 11, 2014
GOP's McWaters: Bring back Virginia's Obamacare moneyState Sen. Jeff McWaters dropped an eyebrow raiser Tuesday during a John Fredericks Show interview. Fredericks asked what's next for the Republican Senate caucus now that ... got some chops on this issue. State Sen. John Watkins, one of a few ...

Daily Caller: HHS: Obamacare Cancellations Aren't 'Losing Insurance' -- They're An ...

October 28, 2014
Washington TimesHHS: Obamacare Cancellations Aren't 'Losing Insurance' -- They're An ...Republican state Sen. Jeff McWaters asked Grossie whether HHS knows how many people are going to lose coverage, but Grossie took issue with the idea that customers are even losing insurance. ?If you got one of the notices that your policy was going to ...New Obamacare spin: Those who lost coverage were 'invited' to the exchangeWashington TimesHHS: Obamacare Cancellations Are 'Invitations' To Buy a New PlanNational Review Online (blog)all 6 news articles » Rigell: Voting problems now reported at 43 precincts

November 4, 2014
State Senator Jeff McWaters said in an email, "Specifically, some voting machines have incorrectly recorded votes for the opposite candidate than the voter selected. Specifically, votes cast for Scott Rigell have appeared as votes for Suzanne Patrick ...Virginia politicians warn of possible vote switching on electronic machinesWatchdog.orgall 149 news articles »

From the Legislator’s Website

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling Endorses Jeff

December 2, 2009

VBTA Endorses Jeff

November 16, 2009

NRA Endorses McWaters

December 2, 2009

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

May 28, 2010

McWaters Wins Special Election In 57-Point Landslide

January 12, 2010

From this Legislator’s Twitter Feed

October 9, 2012

JeffMcWaters: The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) and Virginia Relay announced today that military... #

October 9, 2012

JeffMcWaters: If you didn't get to see Mitt yesterday in Newport News - you're in luck. He'll be in Portsmouth TOMORROW along... #

October 8, 2012

JeffMcWaters: RT @VaNcLa4: Next stop, Newport News #

October 8, 2012

JeffMcWaters: Mitt's almost here. Do you have your ticket yet? Event starts at 5, doors open at 3! #

October 8, 2012

JeffMcWaters: Mitt Romney will be in Newport News TODAY at 5pm (doors open at 3pm)- get your ticket online here (it's free!):... #

These are all of the video clips of Jeff McWaters’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2010. There are 58 video clips in all.


  • SB719: Elections; absentee voting by persons age 65 or older.
  • SB178: Alcoholic beverage control; handling of wine and beer tasting fees by sight-seeing carrier.
  • SB179: Mopeds; drivers required to obtain driver's license.
  • SB180: Mature driver motor vehicle crash prevention course; option for court in adjudicating defendants.
  • SB181: Absentee voting and procedures; secure return of voted military-overseas ballots.
  • SB182: Absentee voting; persons age 65 or older on day of an election are entitled to vote absentee ballot.
  • SB183: Newborns; critical congenital heart defect screening, duty of Board.
  • SB184: Minors; admission to mental health facility for inpatient treatment.
  • SB202: Auctioneers; exemption from licensure.
  • SB205: Driver training and road tests; behind-the-wheel examination for persons age 19 or older.
  • SB207: Prescription Monitoring Program; licensed providers of treatment for persons with opiate addiction.
  • SB209: Sand replenishment; sand or other material placed on bottomlands to provide for beach nourishment.
  • SB210: Commercial fishing; suspension of tidal fishing privileges.
  • SB242: Higher education; students' personal information.
  • SB337: Alcoholic beverage control; winery, farm winery, etc., licensee to provide information to consumer.
  • SB359: Banks; bank director's ownership of shares.
  • SB360: Health care policy, group health benefit plan, and health plan; definitions.
  • SB371: Hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses and permits; terms.
  • SB408: Motor vehicle safety inspection; VSP to amend its regulations to include inspection of window tint.
  • SB409: Risk Management, Division of, or transportation district; acknowledgment and resolving of claims.
  • SB410: Conflict of Interests Acts, State and Local Government and General Assembly, lobbyist disclosure.
  • SB411: Children; abandonment by parent or guardian, penalty.
  • SB492: Virginia Jobs Investment Program; changes in administration.
  • SJ34: Recurrent flooding; joint subcommittee established to formulate recommendations to address.
  • SJ115: Celebrating the life of Rear Admiral Norman Venzke, USCG (Ret.).
  • SJ5003: Commending the Princess Anne High School girls' basketball team.
  • SJ5004: Celebrating the life of Mary Caligari Russo.
  • SJ5065: Celebrating the life of Jodi S. Gidley.
  • SB82: Absentee voting; military and overseas voters.
  • SB605: Tuition, in-state; military personnel eligibility.
  • SB824: Hampton Roads Planning District; additional 1% sales & use tax in counties in District.
  • SB872: Transportation Trust Fund; increases percentage portion of general fund surplus that is deposited.
  • SB873: Absentee voting; persons age 65 and older on day of an election are entitled to vote absentee.
  • SB874: Absentee voting and procedures; secure return of voted military-overseas ballots.
  • SB925: Retail Sales & Use Tax; increases amount of revenue dedicated to Transportation Trust Fund.
  • SB926: Wetlands; governmental activity.
  • SB1005: Handheld personal communications devices; using while driving on bridge or tunnel, primary offense.
  • SB1007: Mopeds and motorized skateboards and scooters; licensure and age requirements of operators.
  • SB1011: Clinical social workers; educational requirements for licensure.
  • SB1088: Medicaid; coordinated long-term care.
  • SB1120: Business Assistance, Department of, et al.; marketing campaign.
  • SB1127: Alcoholic beverage control; operation of contract winemaking facilities.
  • SB1131: Charter schools, public; applications.
  • SB1134: VA Jobs Investment Program; moves administration of Program to VA Economic Development Partnership.
  • SB1137: SCC; integration of processes and forms by June 30, 2018, into Business Permitting Center, report.
  • SB1138: Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority; established, report.
  • SB1350: Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; created, report.
  • SB1351: Virginia Port Authority; reform by adding Chief Executive Officer to Board of Commissioners.
  • SJ69: Judges; Virginia State Crime Commission to study mandatory retirement age.
  • SJ85: Income tax, corporate; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study phase-out of tax.
  • SJ297: Love the Bus Month; designating as February 2013, and each succeeding year thereafter.
  • SJ298: Commending the City of Virginia Beach.
  • SB80: Virginia Beach, City of; concurrent jurisdiction over adjoining waters.
  • SB81: Accident and sickness insurance; coverage for hospitalization and anesthesia for dental procedures.
  • SB82: Absentee voting; military and overseas voters.
  • SB83: VIEW; screening and assessment of public assistance recipients for use of illegal substances.
  • SB348: Agency Effectiveness Review Commission; established, report.
  • SB349: Child-placing agency; shall not be required to participate in placement of child for foster care.
  • SB485: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Fund; established.
  • SB603: Driver's licenses; allows suspension of or refusal to renew of prisoners who do not pay fees.
  • SB604: Alcoholic beverage control; privileges of brewery licensees.
  • SB605: Tuition, in-state; military personnel eligibility.
  • SB686: Electronic titling program; allows DMV to establish for new motor vehicles.
  • SJ18: Commending the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.
  • SJ68: Virginia Department of Transportation; JLARC to study efficiency of Department.
  • SJ69: Judges; Virginia State Crime Commission to study mandatory retirement age.
  • SJ85: Income tax, corporate; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study phase-out of tax.
  • SJ108: Celebrating the life of Peter Davis Coe.
  • SJ109: Celebrating the life of William Francis Rountree, Jr.
  • SJ120: Commending the First Colonial High School field hockey team.
  • SJ171: Commending Julie Ball.
  • SJ187: Celebrating the life of Bishop Barnett Karl Thoroughgood.
  • SJ5009: Commending Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • SR504: Celebrating the life of Carlos F. Wilson.
  • SR512: Celebrating the life of Harold Shipp Whitehurst.
  • SB697: Medicaid; DMAS to continue efforts to expand managed care of recipients throughout State.
  • SB733: License tax, state; credit for investment in small business investment companies.
  • SB1278: Airports and landing areas; provides for removal of natural growth at grandfathered airports.
  • SB1279: Tuition, in-state; eligibility for spouse of an active duty military service member.
  • SB1280: Boards, commissions, and councils; makes policy improvements and clarifications.
  • SB1281: Commercial drivers licenses; revises statutes for issuance of overweight and oversize permits.
  • SB1282: Income tax, state; barge and rail usage tax credit.
  • SB1283: Year-end surplus of general fund balance; changes priority of assignment.
  • SB1284: Real estate lending; creditworthiness of victims of Chinese drywall.
  • SB1285: Highway contractors; state taxes paid to be dedicated for transportation purposes.
  • SB1286: Medicaid; DMAS to continue efforts to expand managed care of recipients throughout State.
  • SB1287: Jails; localities responsibility to pay jail expenses.
  • SB1288: Electronic Work Verification Program, federal; public contractors to register.
  • SB1289: Tuition; eligibility for in-state veterans who elect to establish Virginia residence.
  • SB1290: Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway; designating as I-664 and I-264 in Hampton Roads Highway District.
  • SB1291: Continuing care retirement community; no less than 20% of board shall be residents of facility.
  • SB1292: Alcoholic beverage control; consumption of lawfully acquired wine at licensed establishments.
  • SB1365: Virginia small business investment companies; state insurance license tax credit.
  • SB1394: State sales & use tax revenue; dedicates portion for transportation projects in Hampton Roads, etc.
  • SJ507: Commending Robert M. Stanton.
  • SB693: Major business facility job tax credit; reduces threshold amount of jobs that must be created.
  • SB694: Budget bill; Governor to provide for additional appropriations to Transportation Trust Fund.
  • SB695: Public Procurement Act; cooperative procurement.
  • SB696: HOV lanes; allows certain military personnel to use in Hampton Roads regardless of passengers.
  • SB697: Medicaid; DMAS to continue efforts to expand managed care of recipients throughout State.
  • SB733: License tax, state; credit for investment in small business investment companies.
  • SJ164: Philanthropy and private foundations; recognizing and encouraging formation & creation of entities.
  • SJ214: Commending Paul J. Lanteigne.
  • SJ233: Commending the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation.
  • SJ245: Commending Will Mason.
  • SJ246: Celebrating the life of Jeremy Jason Wise.
  • SJ247: Celebrating the life of J.A.G. Parrish.
  • SJ248: Commending Elizabeth DiJulio.
  • SJ249: Commending Amanda C. Ash.