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, 52% 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 in the Media

LancasterOnline: Deeds Recorded, Sept. 29-Oct.3

October 9, 2014
Kenneth W. Leiner Jr., Melissa S. Leiner and Melissa Leiner conveyed property on Farm Del Circle to Ronald L. Newswanger Jr. and Leann R. Corle for $175,000. L. Barry Gish and Sandra K. Gish conveyed property on Speedwell Forge Road to Amy B. Lloyd and ...

Daily Press: Port shows off reopened Portsmouth Marine Terminal

October 5, 2014
State Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth) echoed Wright's sentiments, adding that the ports "will always have his vote" in the General Assembly. Reinhart said as the state and national economy improve, so will the state's port facilities to accommodate ...and more »

Belleville News Democrat: SWIC Spring 2014 Dean's List

September 21, 2014
SWIC Spring 2014 Dean's List... Francisco Cruz, Julia Catherine Del Rosario, ERic T. Dexter, Andrew Scott Dippolito, Jedidiah Mykel Farmer, Annie Laurie Ferris, Terry Fowler, Alex S. Freeman, Tabitha S. Fricano, Emily Rose Furlow, Mercedes Ariel Garrett, Justin M. Gartland, Jania ...and more »

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Death notices for September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014
... 69, of Richmond, husband of Cynthia J. Brown. Camp, Mrs. Betty Jane Kube, 91, of Midlothian, formerly of Leesburg and Bradenton, Fla., widow of Ralph Del Camp. Collier, Mr. Stephen Boyd, 38, ... Robinson, Mr. Matthew James Jr., 94, of Richmond, a ...

El Nuevo Herald: Vinculan casos de dos jvenes desaparecidas en Virginia

September 30, 2014
UnivisinAhora la polica cree haber encontrado un vnculo entre el asesinato de Morgan Harrington en 2009 y la desaparicin de Hannah Graham el 13 de septiembre pasado: pruebas forenses halladas en el arresto de un empleado de hospital que huy del estado al ...Vinculan casos de dos desaparecidas en VirginiaUniradio Informaall 19 news articles »

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.