Delegate Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach)

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81: Cities of Chesapeake (part) and Virginia Beach (part) [map]
Took Office
January 2009
Next Election
November 2017
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, Appropriations, General Laws, Rules
Copatroning Habits
80% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 86% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 66% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
64% in 2016
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)

The owner and operator of Barry D. Knight Farms (a hog farm), Knight, his wife, and three children live in Pungo. Knight won his seat in a special election following the resignation of Del. Terrie Suit.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Virginian-Pilot: Playing by his Rules (subcommittee), delegate thinks menhaden study has fighting chance

January 6, 2017
Del. Barry Knight repeatedly has pushed bills aimed at changing the way Virginia's controversial menhaden fishing industry is regulated. They've routinely died in an agriculture, Chesapeake and natural resources subcommittee, two steps short of the ...

Greensboro News & Record: Short Stack

January 23, 2017
?I saw that North Carolina lost hundreds of millions of dollars. And I wasn't willing to put the state in that particular position,? Republican Delegate Barry Knight of Virginia Beach said in explaining why he joined colleagues in killing a proposed ...

Virginian-Pilot: Virginia Republicans kill anti-LGBT "bathroom bill" while lawmaker fumes

January 20, 2017
Virginia Republicans kill anti-LGBT "bathroom bill" while lawmaker fumesThen, with no discussion among the subcommittee's five Republicans and two Democrats, Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, moved to lay the bill on the table. The action kills the bill unless the subcommittee reverses itself within a week's time ...BREAKING: Virginia anti-trans bathroom bill gets tabled on voice voteMetro Weeklyall 53 news articles »

Virginian-Pilot: Editorial: Assembly could make waves with bills about fish

January 17, 2017
More hopeful, however, is Del. Barry Knight's latest effort to get menhaden out from under the jurisdiction of the General Assembly. The baitfish is the only creature regulated by lawmakers, who have neither the experience nor the expertise to do so. Cochran: Bill would allow deer hunters to use bait

January 10, 2017
They also are widely sought by commercial fishermen working out of Reedville. They are the lone species managed by the General Assembly. There also is a House version of the bill, submitted by Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach. Similar bills have ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Barry Knight’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2010. There are 59 video clips in all.


  • HB1494: Examination of licensee believed incompetent.
  • HB1517: General permit for sand management.
  • HB1518: Sales and use tax; automotive repair supplies.
  • HB1519: Overweight permits for hauling Virginia-grown farm produce; validity throughout the Commonwealth.
  • HB1520: Reformulated gasoline; sale for farm use.
  • HB1576: Purse net fishing prohibited.
  • HB1577: Management of menhaden.
  • HB1801: Alcoholic beverage control; delivery privileges of persons holding a wine and beer license.
  • HB1810: Retail Sales and Use Tax; online access to certain information.
  • HB1842: Alcoholic beverage control; neutral grain spirits or alcohol sold at government stores; proof.
  • HB2148: Veterans Services Foundation; powers and duties, appointment of Executive Director, report.
  • HB2149: Aircraft; defines 'unmanned aircraft' and requires aircraft to be registered with Dept. of Aviation.
  • HB2374: Charitable gaming; prohibited practices.
  • HB2449: Term limits; members of certain Authorities in City of Chesapeake limited to two terms.
  • HJ560: Commending Hickory High School.
  • HJ561: Celebrating the life of Cary Lee Jarvis.
  • HJ572: Study; regulation of menhaden fishing; report.
  • HJ731: Celebrating the life of Anthony Randolph Cooke.
  • HR270: Celebrating the life of Captain Arthur C. Derrick, USN, Ret.
  • HR277: Celebrating the life of Theodore Eugene Thieman, Sr.
  • HB114: Agritourism; notice posted on signs to read 'ATTENTION' rather than 'WARNING' at locations.
  • HB115: Agriculture commodity funds; removes authority of General Assembly to disburse unexpended balances.
  • HB116: Jury commissioners; reappointment.
  • HB117: Boats or other watercraft; excess width permits for transporting vehicles.
  • HB127: Real property tax; exemption on residence of spouse of military service member killed in action.
  • HB136: Duck blinds; damaged stationary blinds in Virginia Beach, notification to DGIF.
  • HB137: Feral hogs; employees of DGIF & federal agencies allowed to hunt or kill from aircraft, etc.
  • HB138: Virginia Beach arena; extends an existing contingent sunset provision.
  • HB143: Alcoholic beverage control; neutral grain spirits or alcohol sold at government stores, proof.
  • HB150: Menhaden fishery; VMRC to adopt regulations to implement Interstate Fishery Management Plan.
  • HB151: Purse nets; prohibits fishing for menhaden in certain waters.
  • HB202: Anatomical gifts; search and rescue dog training.
  • HB320: Port-related tax credits; sunset extension.
  • HB321: Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; powers, employment of attorneys.
  • HB322: Alcoholic beverage control; summary suspension of license in emergency circumstances.
  • HB323: Alcoholic beverage control; purchase and sale of products.
  • HB566: Licensed onsite soil evaluators; changes references in terminology.
  • HB648: Sewage system or nonconforming system; development of procedure for processing requests.
  • HB813: Offshore waters and submerged lands; Commonwealth jurisdiction of three geographical miles.
  • HB1191: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for certain items sold by a sheriff at a correctional facility.
  • HB1245: Judicial Retirement System; mandatory judicial retirement.
  • HB1289: Blind and Vision Impaired, Department for the; contracts for operation of certain vending machines.
  • HJ285: Commending JoAnn Falletta.
  • HJ292: Commending Bruce Biehl.
  • HR33: Celebrating the life of Monsignor William L. Pitt, Jr.
  • HB1794: Foreclosure sale by trustee in execution of deed of trust; advertisement of time-share properties.
  • HB1795: Virginia Real Estate Board; exemptions from licensure.
  • HB1796: Alcoholic beverage control; operation of government store by distiller licensee.
  • HB1797: Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; definition of small business.
  • HB1798: Fiduciary; qualification without security, issuance of certificates of qualification.
  • HB1804: Onsite sewage systems; validity of certain septic tank permits.
  • HB2072: Forest products; establishes overweight permit for hauling.
  • HB2119: Alcoholic beverage control; improvement of customer service.
  • HB2224: Virginia Racing Commission; authorized to issue significant infrastructure limited license, etc.
  • HB2239: Driver's licensees; administration of driving test to those believed incompetent.
  • HB2248: Virginia Public Procurement Act; purchase of owner-controlled insurance for construction project.
  • HJ603: Higher educational institutions; prevention of sexual violence on campus.
  • HJ729: Commending the Hampton Roads Sanitation District.
  • HJ826: Commending the City of Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture.
  • HJ852: Commending Robin Douglas Davenport.
  • HR195: Commending the Ocean Lakes High School football team.
  • HB184: Auctioneers; exemption from licensure.
  • HB185: Municipal deed; restrictions on certain property in Virginia Beach.
  • HB186: Seized drugs and paraphernalia; forfeiture to law enforcement.
  • HB187: Real and personal property tax exemption; aviation museum.
  • HB188: Jury commissioners; appointment and selection of jurors.
  • HB189: License plates, special; issuance for supporters of Surfrider Foundation.
  • HB487: Fiduciaries; letters of administration, bond without surety.
  • HB907: Accountancy, Board of; licensing requirements.
  • HB909: Channel bass (red drum); repeals an obsolete section restricting taking of bass.
  • HB911: Living shorelines projects; issuance of general permits.
  • HB1051: Constitutional officers; if proposed budget reduces funding of such officer, 14 day written notice.
  • HB1141: Alcoholic beverage control; creates annual arts venue event license.
  • HB1267: Va.Beach arena; if Va. Beach issues bonds for a facility, it shall create an Arena Financing Fund.
  • HJ65: Commending Kempsville Baptist Church.
  • HJ202: Commending Lakeside Construction Corporation.
  • HJ438: Commending Nick Boothe.
  • HJ5005: Celebrating the life of Jack W. Peoples, Sr.
  • HJ5012: Celebrating the life of Marvin Lee Dozier.
  • HJ5215: Commending Swan Island Club.
  • HR564: Commending Major General Daniel E. Long, Jr.
  • HR580: Commending Swan Island Club.
  • HB1547: Cemeteries; minimum tree canopy during development process shall be 10 percent.
  • HB1548: Municipal separate storm sewer (MS4) permittees; guidance documents.
  • HB1629: Eel pots; authorizes Board of Game & Inland Fisheries to issue an annual permit to use in Back Bay.
  • HB1641: Professional and Occupational Regulation, Department of; powers and duties of regulatory boards.
  • HB1755: Charter; Town of Bedford.
  • HB1756: Bedford, City of, reversion; taxation of real property that becomes part of Bedford County.
  • HB1853: Planning, zoning, etc., procedures; local commission shall consult with installation commander.
  • HB1855: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; exempts records of Department of Aviation.
  • HB2069: Seedlings; State Forester to furnish those grown in nurseries to State without expense, etc.
  • HB2209: Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board; powers and duties.
  • HB2265: Cash proffers; locality may waive certain written notice requirements to reduce outstanding payment.
  • HB2308: Local correctional facilities; electronic visitation and messaging with prisoners.
  • HJ596: Celebrating the life of William Lyle Pugh, Sr.
  • HB87: Aircraft; person who projects point of light from laser at an aircraft is guilty of misdemeanor.
  • HB88: Menhaden harvest; removes cap.
  • HB174: Bail bondsmen; requirements for property bail bondsmen, suspension of license.
  • HB175: Duck blinds; limits placement by riparian landowners in Back Bay.
  • HB176: Nutrient credit certification; regulations, Nutrient Trading Act is established, penalty.
  • HB238: Blue crabs; Marine Resources Commission to manage harvesting in Albemarle and Currituck counties.
  • HB239: Forestry, Department of; use of methyl bromide gas fumigation.
  • HB553: Airports, privately owned; duty of care and liability of landowners.
  • HB554: Political subdivisions; Department of Aviation lease approval requirement.
  • HB1252: Construction of structures affecting navigable airspace; technical review.
  • HB1253: Cash proffers; prohibits locality from accepting those purporting to contain waiver of legal rights.
  • HJ10: Commending the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.
  • HJ11: Commending Oak Grove Baptist Church on the occasion of its 250th anniversary.
  • HJ232: Celebrating the life of F. Wayne McLeskey, Jr.
  • HJ434: Celebrating the life of Bishop Barnett Karl Thoroughgood.
  • HJ441: Commending Edward F. Lewis.
  • HJ505: Celebrating the life of J. Curtis Fruit.
  • HB1456: Certificate of public need; authorization of certain amendment.
  • HB1620: Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority; increases membership.
  • HB1621: Open-space land; expands definition.
  • HB1622: Reckless operation of watercraft; includes paddleboards and other self-propelled watercraft.
  • HB1623: Wetlands; requirement of individual or general Virginia Water Protection Permit.
  • HB1624: Environmental Quality, Department of; powers of Executive Director.
  • HB1625: Fumigation facilities; exempted from various state and federal regulations.
  • HB1626: Onsite sewage systems; voluntary upgrades.
  • HB1723: Virginia Marine Resources Commission; permits for encroachment on subaqueous beds.
  • HB1724: Crab dredging season; Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adjust opening or closing dates.
  • HB1725: Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund; created.
  • HB2369: Menhaden; cap on harvesting will be reduced 20 percent annually.
  • HB2370: Multiple-year licenses; Board of Game & Inland Fisheries to issue for hunting, fishing, etc.
  • HJ510: Sovereign immunity; JLARC to study costs incurred by localities resulting from claims, etc.
  • HJ518: Celebrating the life of Private First Class Alvaro R. Regaledo-Sessarego.
  • HJ571: Celebrating the life of Owen Bradford Pickett.
  • HJ739: Celebrating the life of John Alison Baum.
  • HJ906: Commending the Military Aviation Museum.
  • HB81: Jurors; equalizes pay of those in condemnation cases with that of regular jurors.
  • HB82: Public sewer system; locality may adopt ordinance establishing standard for use & services; penalty.
  • HB83: Pawnbrokers; local government may by an ordinance require daily report to be electronically filed.
  • HB381: Motor vehicle titles; exempts special construction and forestry equipment from being titled.
  • HB975: Motor vehicle titles; exempts special construction and forestry equipment from being titled.
  • HB1249: Health Spa Act; clarifies by instituting usage of term facility where services are offered.
  • HB1250: Vested rights; issuance of written order, etc., by zoning administrator regarding use of property.
  • HJ274: Commending Creeds Elementary School on the occasion of its 70th anniversary.
  • HJ320: Commending Helen Dragas.
  • HJ415: Celebrating the life of E. George Middleton, Jr.
  • HJ428: Commending Jack E. Harcourt.
  • HJ471: Commending Kevin Michaels.
  • HB1901: Cavalier Wildlife Management Area; Board of Game & Inland Fisheries to convey certain property.
  • HB2224: Braille; certification of instructors.
  • HB2565: Farmland Preservation, Office of; to provide technical assistance to local governments interested.
  • HB2566: Purchase of land by Department of Forestry; used for nonstate forest purposes.
  • HB2584: Spirits delivery permit; authorizes permittee to purchase spirit from Board and deliver to business.
  • HB2586: Sandbridge Beach Subdivision; Board to determine which structures, etc., are in imminent danger.
  • HB2599: Real Estate Cooperative Act; amendment of declaration, revival of expired declarant rights.
  • HJ918: Commending Reba S. McClanan.
  • HJ988: Commending Macon F. Brock.