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

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 ...

<b>Delegate Joseph Yost</b> is the First GOP Virginia State Lawmaker to <b>...</b>

January 30, 2014
Del. Joseph Yost (R-Giles County) on Tuesday became the first Republican state lawmaker in Virginia to back marriage equality, the Washington Blade reports: “As far as same-sex marriage goes, it does not bother me,” state ...

Yost representing NRV at Smart Beginnings kickoff | The Southwest <b>...</b>

July 30, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Delegate Joseph Yost (R-Virginia's 12th District) is among three area leaders chosen to represent the New River Valley at the inaugural Smart Beginnings Leader Institute, which kicks off today in ...

Recent Mentions in the Media

Roanoke Times: Parade to mark entrance of Class of 2018 cadets at Virginia Tech on Aug. 23

August 21, 2014
University President Timothy Sands, Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Perillo and Virginia Del. Joseph Yost will join the Commandant of Cadets Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart in the reviewing party Saturday. During the parade, the Highty-Tighties ...

Roanoke Times: Our view: No secret ballot for some voters

August 12, 2014
Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, says he will introduce a bill in the next General Assembly to fix the situation by moving those three voters back into the rest of Montgomery County ? although he acknowledges that could run afoul of laws requiring that ...

The Daily Progress: Will hemp be a cash crop again for Virginia?

August 7, 2014
In Virginia, one of the main hemp advocates is Jim Politis, a former Republican member of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors. He sees it as a pro-economic development measure for struggling rural areas. Another Republican, Del. Joseph Yost of ...

Roanoke Times: Our view: Let's legalize hemp

August 4, 2014
Our view: Let's legalize hempAnother Republican, Del. Joseph Yost of Pearisburg, has already filed a bill for next year's General Assembly to create the Virginia Industrial Hemp Farming Act. ?I can almost see this plant filling that vacuum left by the tobacco industry,? he said ...

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.