Delegate Matthew James (D-Portsmouth)

Photo of Matthew James
Party
Democratic
District
80: Cities of Chesapeake (part), Norfolk (part), and Portsmouth (part) [map]
Took Office
January 2010
Next Election
November 2015
Committees
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, Commerce and Labor, Finance
Age
59
Website
delegatematthewjames.com
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.
Partisanship
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Bills Passed
8.3% in 2014
Campaign Contributions
$32,592.00 cash on hand (May 2013 report)
Bio

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

Daily Press: For legislators, a generous benefit

November 13, 2014
"It's unfortunate that people would put themselves in that position," said Del. Matthew James, D-Portsmouth, who supports the Senate proposal and who is covered by the state plan. "We've got people who aren't getting preventive health care, and needing ...

The Dispatch: Councilman-Elect James: 'I Believe My Age Will Be Positive For Council'

November 6, 2014
Councilman-Elect James: 'I Believe My Age Will Be Positive For Council'OCEAN CITY ? Matthew James rocked the local government scene this week as not only the youngest person to be elected to the City Council but the top vote-getter in Tuesday's municipal election. James, 21, received the most ... James, who is son of ...and more »

Thenewjournalandguide: State's procurement policies still slack for minority, women-owned businesses

October 29, 2014
State's procurement policies still slack for minority, women-owned businessesLast July, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 20, requiring that state agencies award 42 percent of the contracts to supply goods and services to Small, Women and Minority-owned (SWAMs) firms. The Governor said this would be the highest ...

Aleteia: C' una ?crisi dell'uomo? cattolico

November 8, 2014
C' una ?crisi dell'uomo? cattolicoC' una ?crisi dell'uomo? cattolico. Molti uomini che sono stati battezzati nella Chiesa cattolica hanno abbandonato la Chiesa, e la maggior parte di coloro che rimangono composta da uomini cattolici ?superficiali?, che non conoscono la fede ...

Daily Press: Port shows off reopened Portsmouth Marine Terminal

October 4, 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 »

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.

Bills

  • HB350: Enterprise zones; expands criteria for designation.
  • 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.