Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst)

Photo of Ben Cline
Party
Republican
District
24: Counties of Amherst (part), Augusta (part), Bath, and Rockbridge; Cities of Buena Vista and Lexington [map]
Took Office
January 2002
Next Election
November 2019
Committees
Commerce and Labor, Courts of Justice, Finance, Militia, Police and Public Safety (Chair)
Age
46
Website
bencline.com
Twitter
@DelBenCline
Copatroning Habits
79% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 82% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 66% of them are Republicans.
Partisanship
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Bills Passed
13% in 2017
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)
Recent Mentions in the Media

Del. Ben Cline hits the ground walking in 6th District race, with tour passing through Roanoke Valley:

June 22, 2018
  Roanoke TimesFull coverage

Del. Ben Cline takes walking tour to Vinton:

June 21, 2018
  Roanoke TimesFull coverage

Local Republican committee can't donate funds to its nominee until legal troubles are over:

July 10, 2018
  Staunton News LeaderFull coverage

Va. delegate apologizes to Sarah Huckabee Sanders for rudeness of 'Meryl Streep's cousin':

June 24, 2018
  Washington TimesFull coverage

Cline, Goodlatte show support for Sanders after restaurant snub:

June 23, 2018
  WHSVSarah Sanders asked to leave Red Hen restaurant for her political affiliation  WDBJ7The owner of the Red Hen explains why she asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave  Washington PostFull coverage

These are all of the video clips of Ben Cline’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2009. There are 231 video clips in all.

Bills

  • HB1189: Income tax, state; reduction of top marginal rate.
  • HB1192: Administrative Process Act; development and periodic review of regulations, report.
  • HB1195: Professional & Occupational Licensing Requirements, Joint Commission to Evaluate; created, report.
  • HB1196: State agencies, certain; procurement of nonprofessional services.
  • HB1200: General Assembly; Department of Planning and Budget to prepare fiscal impact statements.
  • HB1201: Health benefit; plans offered by foreign health insurer.
  • HB1203: Nonsuits; recommencement of action.
  • HB1205: Nonstock corporations; members' meetings.
  • HB1206: Industrial wastes, discharge of; notice of application.
  • HB1212: Pro se minors; signing of pleading, motion, or other paper by next friend.
  • HB1238: Timeliness of indictments; discharge from jail.
  • HB1240: Amherst, Town of; amending charter, alters election of members of town council.
  • HB1242: VIEW; substance abuse screening and assessment of public assistance applicants and recipients.
  • HB1244: Motor Vehicles, Department of; service charges for in-person transactions.
  • HB1247: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; right to speak at open meetings.
  • HB1251: CBD oil and THC-A oil; certification for use, dispensing.
  • HB1255: Concealed handgun; eligibility to carry openly within Commonwealth.
  • HB1257: Sanctuary policies; enforcement of federal immigration laws.
  • HB1265: Education preparation programs; reading specialists, dyslexia.
  • HB1484: Alcoholic beverage control; distiller's license, remote store location and tasting room.
  • HB1504: Virtual Virginia; enrollment in online learning program.
  • HB1580: Violation of protective order or stalking; third or subsequent offense, penalty.
  • HJ558: Commending David Bruce Patterson.
  • HJ559: Commending Garry Friend.
  • HJ560: Commending Amherst Fire Department.
  • HJ564: Commending Yolanda Coffey Boatwright.
  • HB843: Income tax, state; reduces top marginal tax rate.
  • HB1089: Virginia Lottery Fund; administrative expenses, reduces cap on appropriations to Fund.
  • HB1095: Income tax, state; reduces top marginal individual tax rate.
  • HB1317: Sexual abuse of certain children; penalty.
  • HB1328: Unfaithful delegates; constitutional convention, penalty.
  • HB1677: General Assembly; introduction of legislation, recorded vote in committee or subcommittee.
  • HB2221: Professional and Occupational Licensing Requirements, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate; created.
  • HB2226: Income tax, state; reduces top marginal individual tax rate.
  • HB2230: Stock corporations; shareholders' meetings.
  • HB2233: Health benefits; sale of plans offered by foreign health insurers.
  • HB2234: Concealed handgun permits; fee for processing.
  • HB2235: Motorcyclists or autocyclists; removes requirement to wear protective helmets.
  • HB2236: Sanctuary policies; enforcement of federal immigration laws
  • HB2237: State Inspector General, Office of the; 'state agency' includes any local dept. of social services.
  • HB2263: Concealed handgun permits; age requirement for persons on active military duty.
  • HB2264: Department of Health; restrictions on expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning.
  • HB2265: Concealed handgun; eligibility to carry openly within Commonwealth.
  • HB2393: Income tax, state; tax credit for purchase of gun safe.
  • HB2395: Public Schools; dyslexia advisor.
  • HB2473: Protective orders or stalking; third or subsequent offense.
  • HJ948: Commending Phillip C. Stone.
  • HJ952: Commending the City of Buena Vista.
  • HR268: Day of Tears.
  • HB836: VIEW; substance abuse screening and assessment of public assistance applicants and recipients.
  • HB842: Teachers; preparation and licensure, professional development in indicators of dyslexia.
  • HB843: Income tax, state; reduces top marginal tax rate.
  • HB848: Health insurance; programs for local government employees.
  • HB849: Retail Sales and Use Tax; reduces tax rate on food.
  • HB850: DMV; removes $5 service charge imposed and collected for in-person transactions.
  • HB853: Traffic lights; use of photo-monitoring systems.
  • HB855: Judges; adding maximum number in 25th Judicial District.
  • HB1088: Magistrates; appointment and supervision.
  • HB1089: Virginia Lottery Fund; administrative expenses, reduces cap on appropriations to Fund.
  • HB1090: Health, Department of; expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning services.
  • HB1093: Income tax, state and corporate; tax credits for food crop donations to nonprofit food bank.
  • HB1095: Income tax, state; reduces top marginal individual tax rate.
  • HB1097: Federal government; detention or removal of a person from the Commonwealth.
  • HB1294: Multi-jurisdiction grand juries; access to record of testimony and evidence.
  • HB1315: General Assembly; introduction of legislation, recorded vote in committee or subcommittee.
  • HB1317: Sexual abuse of certain children; penalty.
  • HB1328: Unfaithful delegates; constitutional convention, penalty.
  • HB1334: Assault and battery; persons charged with first offense against family or household member, penalty.
  • HJ143: Commending the Honorable Michael S. Irvine.
  • HJ144: Commending Dan Lyons.
  • HJ145: Commending Alfonzo M. Miller.
  • HJ146: Commending The Omni Homestead Resort.
  • HJ147: Celebrating the life of Carlton Lee Wingfield.
  • HJ148: Celebrating the life of Edith R. Jones.
  • HJ247: Celebrating the life of John Arthur Brumit.
  • HJ248: Commending Robert N. Joyce, Jr.
  • HJ313: Celebrating the life of Louis Wendell Hodges.
  • HJ314: Celebrating the life of Frank A. Parsons.
  • HJ452: Commending Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.
  • HJ529: Commending Frankie Hogan.
  • HJ530: Commending Jane Armstrong.
  • HJ532: Celebrating the life of Maynard Randolph Reynolds.
  • HR198: Celebrating the life of Ruth Anne Elizabeth Agnor Upshaw Herring.
  • HR237: Commending First Baptist Church of Coolwell.
  • HB965: Governor's Child Safety Test; local school board to include as part of program of physical fitness.
  • HB974: Income tax, state and corporate; credit for food crop donations to a food bank.
  • HB981: Alcoholic beverage control; certain tobacco laws, enforcement by Department of State Police.
  • HB985: Juvenile Correctional Facility in Natural Bridge, former; property conveyance.
  • HB1243: Income tax, corporate; tax rate shall be five % beginning taxable years on or after Jan. 1, 2015.
  • HB2076: General Assembly; consideration of the conference committee report on the biennial budget.
  • HB2118: Acute psychiatric bed registry; frequency of updating.
  • HB2120: Strangulation; admission to bail, alleged victim is a family or household member.
  • HB2125: Use of unmanned aircraft systems; search warrant required.
  • HB2128: Amherst, Town of; amending charter, creates the office of town manager and reassigns various duties.
  • HB2135: Income tax, state and corporate; credit for food crop donations to a food bank.
  • HB2144: Detention and removal of U.S. citizen from State; SPS shall request notification within 24 hours.
  • HB2147: VIEW Program; screening and assessment for use of illegal substances.
  • HB2163: Photo-monitoring systems; for traffic light enforcement.
  • HB2168: Sales and use tax; reduces state rate on food.
  • HB2320: Cooperative degree program; Secretary of Education, et al., shall develop a plan to establish.
  • HB2374: Teacher licensure; professional development in indicators of dyslexia.
  • HB2377: Justice for Victims of Sterilization Act.
  • HB2378: State agencies; work group established to provide public access to operational data, etc.
  • HB2381: Income tax, state; reduces top marginal individual tax rate.
  • HJ680: Commending John Otho Marsh, III, M.D.
  • HJ925: Commending the Honorable J. Michael Gamble.
  • HJ926: Commending Mary Harvey-Halseth.
  • HJ927: Commending Linda Byers.
  • HJ928: Commending George Pryde.
  • HR318: Celebrating the life of Robert Luther Sales, Sr.
  • HB3: Transportation funding; all provisions of 2013 Session omnibus bill to expire on July 1, 2014.
  • HB952: Court files; protection of confidential information.
  • HB962: Concealed handgun; carrying in a secured container or compartment in vehicle.
  • HB965: Governor's Child Safety Test; local school board to include as part of program of physical fitness.
  • HB967: Chief judges; duties.
  • HB969: Statute of limitations; injury to property, actions by the Commonwealth.
  • HB972: Protective orders; companion animals.
  • HB973: Traffic light signal photo-monitoring; system for traffic light enforcement.
  • HB974: Income tax, state and corporate; credit for food crop donations to a food bank.
  • HB976: Homicides, certain; accessories after the fact.
  • HB981: Alcoholic beverage control; certain tobacco laws, enforcement by Department of State Police.
  • HB983: Virginia Retirement System; retirement credits for special forest wardens.
  • HB985: Juvenile Correctional Facility in Natural Bridge, former; property conveyance.
  • HB986: Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines Memorial Bridge; designating as I-81 bridge over Maury River.
  • HB987: Department of State Police; appointment of supervisory officers.
  • HB988: Coyotes; DGIF & VDACS to provide information & promote programs in assisting with control concerns.
  • HB989: Big game license; senior discount for special license.
  • HB991: Hunting and fishing licenses; special licenses for certain nonresident disabled veterans.
  • HB1196: Clerks offices; recordation, possession of child pornography, wills, etc.
  • HB1232: Acute psychiatric bed registry; DBHDS shall develop and administer a web-based registry.
  • HB1243: Income tax, corporate; tax rate shall be five % beginning taxable years on or after Jan. 1, 2015.
  • HB1256: Detention and removal of U.S. citizen from State; SPS shall request notification within 24 hours.
  • HJ164: Celebrating the life of Dennis Edward Clemmer.
  • HJ170: Constitutional amendment; right to acquire farm-produced food (first reference).
  • HJ172: Commending Ashby Page Entsminger.
  • HJ209: Commending Samuel H. Blackburn.
  • HJ339: Commending V. Frank Campbell, Jr.
  • HJ461: Celebrating the life of Rodney Hubbard.
  • HJ462: Celebrating the life of T. David Grist.
  • HJ463: Celebrating the life of R. K. Mast.
  • HJ464: Celebrating the life of Ella Gay McCurdy Potter.
  • HJ466: Commending Monelison Volunteer Rescue Squad.
  • HJ467: Commending Woodruff's Cafand Pie Shop.
  • HJ474: Celebrating the life of the Honorable William Kent Bowers.
  • HJ5085: Commending Jon Ellestad.
  • HJ5086: Commending Charles C. Singleton.
  • HJ5087: Commending Kelvin Brown.
  • HJ5088: Commending the Amherst County Public Library.
  • HJ5183: Commending Nelson Fox.
  • HR87: Commending Ashby Page Entsminger.
  • HB248: Income tax, corporate; eliminates tax for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2013.
  • HB1283: Child custody or visitation; person with a legitimate interest.
  • HB1360: Reckless driving; using a handheld personal communications device, penalty.
  • HB2001: General Assembly; no committee shall report any bill that creates a new refundable state tax credit.
  • HB2004: Trespasser; possessor of real property not liable for injury, exception.
  • HB2007: Testimony by custodians of records, lab analysts, etc.; use of two-way electronic communication.
  • HB2008: Criminal sentencing; mandatory minimum sentences, work release programs.
  • HB2009: VIEW; substance abuse screening and assessment of public assistance applicants and recipients.
  • HB2010: Motorcycles; motorcyclists who are 21 years old or older to ride without wearing helmets.
  • HB2012: Drones; moratorium on use of unmanned aircraft systems by state or local government department, etc.
  • HB2092: Tax information; disclosure.
  • HB2102: Uniform Commercial Code; secured transactions, filing of documents, etc.
  • HB2223: Private property rights; prevent infringement of under United Nations Agenda 21.
  • HB2229: Detention & removal of citizen from State; SPS shall request notification within 24 hours.
  • HB2301: Volunteer fire/EMS departments; localities may have ordinances that include billing property owners.
  • HB2304: Commercial use of seals of the Commonwealth; commemorative coins, recommendations.
  • HB2328: Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Department of; list of licensed providers on website.
  • HJ677: Constitutional amendment; limitation on debts (first reference).
  • HJ678: Constitutional amendment; legislative sessions, term of Governor (first reference).
  • HJ729: Judges; election in circuit court, general district court, etc.
  • HJ741: Celebrating the life of Rene Raymond Dufour.
  • HJ782: Commending Thomas Wayne Fore.
  • HJ783: Commending Haney Mottley.
  • HJ864: Commending Jacob Parker Bailey.
  • HJ951: Commending the Temple Christian School girls' softball team.
  • HJ952: Commending Bath County High School.
  • HJ953: Commending Alfred Rose.
  • HR125: Judges; nomination for election to circuit court.
  • HR126: Judges; nomination for election to general district court.
  • HR127: Judges; nomination for election to juvenile and domestic relations district court.
  • HR232: Commending Richard B. Byrd.
  • HR233: Commending Percy Conway Nowlin III.
  • HR234: Commending Stuart L. Hall.
  • HB240: Amherst County; conveyance of certain property by Department of Conservation and Recreation.
  • HB241: Solid waste landfill; allows Rockbridge County to operate for an additional two years.
  • HB242: Cooperative Extension Service; requires maintaining local office in each county.
  • HB243: Virginia Investment Partnership Act; definitions.
  • HB244: Planning and Budget, Department of; submissions to General Assembly and Governor.
  • HB245: State agencies; procurement of nonprofessional services.
  • HB246: Legislation; prohibits any committee of General Assembly from reporting new state tax credit, etc.
  • HB247: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption includes computers and related computer equipment.
  • HB248: Income tax, corporate; eliminates tax for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2013.
  • HB249: VIEW; substance abuse screening and assessment of public assistance applicants and recipients.
  • HB250: Instructional spending; DOE to include in School Performance Report Card for school divisions.
  • HB745: Supreme Court of Virginia; required to develop weighted caseload system to assess caseloads, report.
  • HB746: Farm vehicles; exemption from registration.
  • HB747: Juvenile delinquency records; destruction of court records for underage possession of alcohol.
  • HB748: Expungement of cases; ineligibility for those deferred and dismissed.
  • HB749: Assault and battery; adds campus police officers to list for enhanced punishment.
  • HB750: Inherent authority; deferred disposition in criminal case.
  • HB751: Criminal street gang; recruitment of persons by telephone or electronic communication, penalty.
  • HB752: Strangulation of another; penalty.
  • HB753: Juvenile offenses; State attorney to file motion with court of offenses requiring registration.
  • HB754: Concealed handgun permit applications; removes option for locality to require fingerprints.
  • HB1161: Methamphetamine precursors; sale and tracking, penalties.
  • HB1162: Human embryos; research prohibited, penalty.
  • HB1282: Tuition, in-state; and educational benefits for unlawfully present aliens.
  • HB1283: Child custody or visitation; person with a legitimate interest.
  • HB1284: Circuit court clerks; duties.
  • HJ242: Commending Hunt Riegel.
  • HJ246: Judges; election in Supreme Court of Virginia, circuit court, district court, etc.
  • HJ272: Judges; election in Supreme Court of Virginia, circuit court, district court, etc.
  • HJ273: Judges; nominations for election to circuit court and general district.
  • HJ279: Commending Bobby Bondurant.
  • HJ280: Commending Harold Swisher.
  • HJ348: Commending Juanita Roberson.
  • HJ355: Celebrating the life of Marvin Warren Davis, Jr.
  • HJ363: Commending the Bath County High Sc