Delegate Matthew James (D-Portsmouth)

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80: Cities of Chesapeake (part), Norfolk (part), and Portsmouth (part) [map]
Took Office
January 2010
Next Election
November 2015
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, Commerce and Labor, Finance
Copatroning Habits
61% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 64% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 53% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
17.6% in 2013
Campaign Contributions
$32,592.00 cash on hand (May 2013 report)

James is the president of a regional workforce development organization. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Hampton University and an MBA from Northwestern University. He is married with two grown daughters.

Top 10 Donors
Diageo North America PAC CT $500
Altria Client Services Inc Pac Richmond $500
VEA FUND PAC Richmond $500
Committee for effective Government Virginia Natural Gas PAC Virginia Beach $500
Committee for effective Government Virginia Natural Gas PAC Virginia Beach $500
Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association PAC Richmond $250
Virginia Sheriffs Association PAC Richmond $250
Christopher D LLoyd Attorney Glen Allen $250
at&t Communication NY $250
McGuire Woods PAC Richmond $250

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Recent Mentions on Blogs

Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Expanding Opportunities <b>...</b>

July 23, 2014
Delegate Matthew James, Portsmouth: “When Governor McAuliffe signed the small, women, and minority owned business executive order, he reminded us once again of his commitment to equality. This Executive Order sets a ...

2015 dual position players - Footy Prophet

July 21, 2014
Matthew James. Matt is a sporting enthusiast and entrepreneur based in Melbourne. The founder of Footy Prophet, he is heavily involved as the chief editor and driving force behind the organisation. By assembling a highly ...

The good, the great &amp; the downright wacky | <b>Matthew James</b> Removals

June 18, 2014
Find out about Matthew James Removals incredible new road train, uniquely designed for long moves within the UK and worldwide.

Moving House in Spain Costa <b>del</b> sol - <b>Matthew James</b> Removals <b>...</b>

July 22, 2013
Moving you WITH-IN or FROM Costa Del Sol Spain? Matthew James Removals Spain for Local & National Spanish Moves. Mudanzas Locales Costa del Sol, Guardamuebles.

Removals in Benahavis - <b>Matthew James</b> Removals &amp; Storage SL

June 25, 2013
Standing on the southern face of La Serrania de Ronda mountain range, Benahavis is one of the most mountainous villages on the western Costa del Sol. Situated near the resort beaches as well as the spectacular mountains of the Serrania ...

Recent Mentions in the Media Susan E. Wagner High School graduates 738

June 27, 2014
... Joanna Vincenza Del Priore, Alla Deli, Jesse Deliberti, John Paul DelValle, Daniel Christopher DeMarco, Admir Demiri, Priscilla Martha DeSilva, Elaina Ann DiBenedetto, Kelly Marie DiBenedetto, Christopher DiBerardino, Nicolas Diamantakis, Ismael ...

Packet Online: PRINCETON: List of graduates of Class of 2014

June 26, 2014
Also, Sabar Dasgupta***, Bonnie Bernice Davis, Luis Jose Del Cid Rodas, Mallory Nakiya Delma, Kristina Lynn DeMilt, Haley Elizabeth DeSimone, Joshua Ryan Diamond, Jessica Mariel Diaz Martinez, Paul Stephen Christopher DiPippo*, Grace Elizabeth ...

These are all of the video clips of Matthew James’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2010. There are 40 video clips in all.


  • HB346: Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995; additional requirements for certain agreements.
  • HB347: Income tax, state; deduction for payment of certain tolls.
  • HB348: Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; expands eligibility for grants.
  • HB349: Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995, etc.; comprehensive agreements.
  • HB350: Enterprise zones; expands criteria for designation.
  • HB351: Downtown Tunnel Construction Relief Grant Fund; established.
  • HB966: Real estate tax; appointment of special commissioner in Portsmouth to execute title to real estate.
  • HB968: Brownfield properties; changes definition of bona fide prospective purchaser.
  • HB1194: Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; establishment of state purchasing program.
  • HJ5059: Commending the Commonwealth Tourism Development Financing Program.
  • HR12: Commending the 2014 inductees into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • HR505: Commending the I.C. Norcom High School boys' basketball team.
  • HB1960: Board for Contractors; necessity for license, commissioning of public works of art.
  • HB1961: Charter; City of Portsmouth.
  • HB1962: Jails; court can adopt regional jail until it can obtain adequate facility.
  • HB1963: Income tax, state; deduction for payment of tolls in qualified locality.
  • HB1964: Voluntary economic growth-sharing agreements; Port of Va. Economic and Infrastructure Develop Zone.
  • HB1965: Portsmouth Port and Industrial Commission; annual report of financial performance.
  • HB1966: Enterprise zones; permits locality to apply for status based on distress factors in area.
  • HB1967: Virginia Jobs Investment Program; eligibility for assistance.
  • HB1968: Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; expands eligibility for grants.
  • HB1969: Contractors, Board for; necessity for license, commissioning of public works of art.
  • HB2087: VA Jobs Investment Program; moves administration of Program to VA Economic Development Partnership.
  • HB2097: Career Pathways System Advisory Council; established, report.
  • HB2258: Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995, etc.; review of proposals.
  • HJ674: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights (first reference).
  • HJ675: Tolls; joint subcommittee to study how VA can mitigate impact on State's disadvantaged citizens.
  • HR111: Commending the 2013 inductees into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • HR130: Tolls; General Assembly to recognize need for mitigation measures for disadvantaged populations.
  • HB839: Defective drywall; redefines term.
  • HB840: Charter; City of Portsmouth.
  • HB841: Major business facility job credits & enterprise zone job creation grants; not allowed for same job.
  • HB842: Business license or land use authorization, local; conditions of issuance.
  • HJ127: Nonviolent felony offenders; VSCC to determine best use of resources for helping those released.
  • HB2284: Jail processing fee; allows sheriff's department, regional jail, or police department to receive.
  • HB2285: Tourism zones; tax revenues for tourism projects.
  • HJ838: Celebrating the life of James L. Smith, Jr.
  • HR77: Commending Horace Seymour Savage, Jr.
  • HB996: Education, Secretary of; name changed to Secretary of Education and Workforce Development.
  • HB1284: Distribution of handbills, etc., on highways; gives local government power to regulate and prohibit.
  • HJ304: Commending the Historical Truxtun Civic League.
  • HJ371: Commending Zion Baptist Church on the occasion of its 145th anniversary.
  • HJ425: Commending the Cavalier Manor Police Community Relations Advisory Committee.
  • HR39: Commending the I.C. Norcom High School boys' basketball team.