Delegate Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)

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12: Counties of Giles, Montgomery (part), and Pulaski (part); City of Radford [map]
Took Office
January 2012
Next Election
November 2015
Education, General Laws, Health, Welfare and Institutions, Privileges and Elections
Copatroning Habits
81% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 61% 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
31.3% in 2013
Campaign Contributions
$15,403.17 cash on hand (May 2013 report)
Top 10 Donors
Dominion Leadership Trust PAC, Inc. Leadership/Candidate Campaign Committee Fredericksburg $5,407
Majority Leader PAC Leadership/Candidate Campaign Committee Colonial Heights $5,000
Sandra C Davis Realtor Blacksburg $2,589
Friends of Greg Habeeb Leadership/Candidate Campaign Committee Salem $2,000
Virginia Hospital Association PAC Lobbyists - Healthcare Richmond $1,000
Gilbert for Delegate Leadership/Candidate Campaign Committee Woodstock $1,000
Kilgore for Delegate Leadership/Candidate Campaign Committee Gate City $1,000
Virginia Hospital Association PAC Lobbyists - Healthcare Richmond $1,000
Friends of Jackson Miller Leadership/Candidate Campaign Committee Manassas $1,000
Dominion PAC Lobbyists - Power Companies Richmond $1,000

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Recent Mentions on Blogs

Lancaster Farming - Lancaster Farming

July 26, 2014
Delegate Joseph Yost, R-Blacksburg, wants to change that with the Virginia Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which he prefiled this month for consideration when the General Assembly convenes in early 2015. Yost's bill would ...

HempLogic: Hemp advocates hope for Virginia crop

July 9, 2014
Chase Milner (from left), Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition; former Montgomery County Supervisor Jim Politis; Richard Patterson Jr., Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition; Del. Joseph Yost; and Jason Amatucci, Virginia Industrial ...

Yost appointed to mental health study committee | The Southwest <b>...</b>

July 1, 2014
Twelfth District Del. Joseph Yost, who represents part of Pulaski County, has been appointed to a mental health subcommittee introduced in the 2014 General Assembly by Bath County Sen. Creigh Deeds. The Joint ...

Virginia chamber names Yost &#39;Champion of Free Enterprise&#39; | The <b>...</b>

May 21, 2014
Based on his support of legislation supportive of business during the 2014 legislative session, Virginia Chamber of Commerce has named 12th District Del. Joseph Yost a “Champion of Free Enterprise.” The Virginia ... “With the support of pro- business legislators like Delegate Yost, we can continue to strengthen Virginia's business climate and maintain Virginia's ranking as the Best State for Business,” said Barry DuVal, the Virginia Chamber's president and CEO.

The Right Side Of History Virginia State <b>Delegate Joseph Yost</b>

January 30, 2014
Republican Virginia State Delegate Joseph Yost has announced his support for marriage equality and authored a bill to allow two-parent same-sex adoptions. ... Welcome to the right side of history Del. Joseph Yost! Photo via ...

Recent Mentions in the Media

Daily Press (blog): Virginia Politics: First bills for 2015 General Assembly session emerge

July 21, 2014
Del. Peter Farrell, R-Henrico, has proposed a bill that prohibits law enforcement from searching cellphones and other digital devices without obtaining a search warrant. That writes in the Code of Virginia the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Riley v ...

Roanoke Times: Smithfield Plantation celebrates July Fourth

July 14, 2014
After Grace Hemmingson's rendition of the national anthem, Del. Joseph Yost recited the Declaration of Independence. Museum administrator Doug Anderson, dressed as Col. Preston, recited the Fincastle Resolutions, a document Preston is believed to have ...

Washington Post: Virginia psychiatric-bed registry does not work as intended, lawmakers told

July 23, 2014
Further issues with the registry came as little surprise to committee members such as Del. Joseph Yost (R-Giles), who said he had been getting complaints about the registry's ?lack of reliability.? But he sought to put the issue in context. The ...and more »

Lynchburg News and Advance: Hemp advocates hope for Virginia crop

July 6, 2014
Chase Milner (from left), Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition; former Montgomery County Supervisor Jim Politis; Richard Patterson Jr., Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition; Del. Joseph Yost; and Jason Amatucci, Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition, met last ...and more »

Roanoke Times: Montgomery County to hold election for three voters

July 16, 2014
Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, whose 12th House of Delegates District covers the parts of Radford and Montgomery County affected by upcoming special election, wrote in an email this week that he and other state officials have tried for two years to ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Joseph Yost’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2012. There are 31 video clips in all.


  • HB241: Temporary detention; time during which a person may be held, 48 hours notice to leave facility.
  • HB242: Emergency custody orders; duration, extension.
  • HB243: Temporary detention order; facility of detention.
  • HB463: State health plan; participation by employees of local school divisions.
  • HB469: Physically disabled or socially isolated persons; penalty for financial exploitation.
  • HB471: Mentally incapacitated persons; penalty for financial exploitation.
  • HB495: Sewer & water connections, mandatory; adds Montgomery County to list of localities that may require.
  • HB496: Assault and battery; of campus police, penalty.
  • HB499: Real property tax; nonjudicial sale of certain delinquent property.
  • HB500: Audiology; adds limited cerumen management to definition of practice.
  • HB574: Mandatory outpatient treatment; acknowledgement of transfer & receipt of order within 5 days.
  • HB587: College campus police and security departments; DCJS to identify minimum core operational functions.
  • HB773: Tanning facilities; use of tanning devices by persons under age 18.
  • HB868: Geriatric prisoners; conditional release, after offense, etc., person subject to protective order.
  • HB874: Drugs; designation and reporting those of concern.
  • HB879: Electric utility regulation; net energy metering by municipalities, etc.
  • HB880: Securities Act; Invest in Virginia Exemption.
  • HB881: Electric utility regulation; renewable energy portfolio standard program, etc.
  • HB883: Fair Housing Law; unlawful discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • HB998: Prescription Monitoring Program; reporting requirements.
  • HB1113: Adoption; person other than spouse of a parent may adopt child.
  • HB1204: Investigation of alleged child abuse and neglect; agreements with school divisions.
  • HB1205: Student teachers; fingerprinting, criminal history records check, and child abuse and neglect data.
  • HJ102: Virginia Tech; updating 2010 report on veterans.
  • HJ105: Commending Gerald W. Duncan.
  • HJ116: Commending Wendell Flinchum.
  • HJ167: Historic Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg; designating as Birthplace of Virginia Governors.
  • HJ168: Commending the Blacksburg High School boys' soccer team.
  • HJ171: Commending Dr. Charles W. Steger.
  • HJ319: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.
  • HJ5141: Commending the Pembroke Ruritan Club.
  • HR68: Commending Kim Crannis.
  • HB1356: Health insurance; local government employees eligibile to participate in state employee plan.
  • HB1379: Law-Enforcement Assistance Program; DCJS to develop a peer-counseling program.
  • HB1380: Assault and battery; includes campus police officers within enhanced penalty provision.
  • HB1449: Alcoholic beverage control; mixed beverage licenses for certain properties.
  • HB1463: Tramadol; adds to list of Schedule IV controlled substances.
  • HB1464: Coal miners; designating April 13 of each year as day of recognition.
  • HB1537: Student teachers & student teacher supervisors; fingerprinting, criminal history records check, etc.
  • HB1538: Virginia Code Commission; periodic review of Code of Virginia.
  • HB1623: Child sexual abuse cases; prior sex offenses against children admissible in evidence.
  • HB1666: Professional counselors; licensure.
  • HB1680: Temporary detention orders; increases maximum duration person may be detained from 48 to 72 hours.
  • HB1681: Child labor permits; transfers task of issuing from public school superintendents to DOLI.
  • HB2216: Local boundaries for law-enforcement; organizing for purpose of 911 dispatch and response.
  • HB2345: School Safety, Va. Center for; development of model critical incident response training program.
  • HJ583: Commending Richard E. Sorensen.
  • HJ768: Coal Miners Day; designating as April 13, 2013, and each succeeding year thereafter.
  • HB851: Higher education; establishing violence prevention committees and threat assessment teams.
  • HB852: Higher educational institutions; may require any accepted student provide complete record.
  • HB853: Suicidal students; higher educational institutions shall develop policies addressing.
  • HB854: Drug treatment court; established in County of Montgomery.
  • HB855: Nuisance species; definitionto include coyotes and feral swine.
  • HB856: Critical incident stress management teams; privileged information regarding criminal acts, etc.
  • HB857: Bicycles; Town Council of Blacksburg to permit operation in either direction on one-way streets.
  • HB858: Tramadol; added to list of Schedule IV controlled substances.
  • HB1142: Charter; Town of Glen Lyn.
  • HB1179: Public schools; providing character education program during regular school year or summer.
  • HJ5007: Commending Fran Rooker.
  • HR588: Celebrating the life of Staff Sergeant Brandon F. Eggleston.