Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg)

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12: Counties of Giles, Montgomery (part), and Pulaski (part); City of Radford [map]
Took Office
January 2018
Next Election
November 2019
Appropriations, General Laws, Transportation
Copatroning Habits
76% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 67% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 67% of them are Democrats.
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Bills Passed
64.3% in 2019
Recent Mentions in the Media EDITORIAL: More police records should be open

November 23, 2020 | 9:05 pm

Roanoke Times: Del. Chris Hurst continues push to open up police files to the public

November 19, 2020 | 1:00 pm

The Center Square: FOIA advisory council subcommittee advances bill on criminal files transparency

November 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm

Roanoke Times: CASEY: 7 months later, furloughed waitress hasn't seen a penny of unemployment

October 24, 2020 | 3:00 am

WWBT NBC12 News: Push to open police records to public inspection continues in Virginia

October 22, 2020 | 3:00 am

From the Legislator’s Website

March Updates

March 31, 2019
The second half of Session 2019 was challenging and productive. My colleagues and I have dispensed with hundreds of bills and resolutions, and I want to share the progress we’ve made and how new legislation will impact the 12th District! Bills, Bills, Bills… We passed 9 bills out of both chambers this session, all of […]

Delegate Chris Hurst Calls for Immediate Stop Work Order for the Mountain Valley Pipeline

March 18, 2019
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Delegate Chris Hurst (D-12) sent a letter to Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director, David Paylor, today calling for an immediate “stop work” order for the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The call comes after hundreds of violations of state environmental law have been reported to DEQ and Mountain Valley […]

February Updates

February 28, 2019
Our first month in Richmond for Session 2019 has gone by in the blink of an eye. My colleagues and I have been debating some difficult issues, and I want to share the progress we’ve made so far and let you know of a few upcoming events in the 12th District! Bills, Bills, Bills… We […]

Updates from your Delegate

February 23, 2019
The 2019 Legislative Session has come to a close, and I’m excited to share with you the tremendous progress we have made for Giles County and the rest of the 12th House District.  Session began on January 9, 2019 and continued through February 23, 2019. It was challenging but productive, as my colleagues and I […]

Protecting a Bulwark of Liberty

January 25, 2019
by Delegates Chris Hurst and Danica Roem. Like so many other foundations of our Republic, the freedom of the press has uniquely Virginian origins. In 1776, the Virginia Declaration of Rights included the world’s first protections of the free press. “The freedom of the Press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty,” it stated, […]

Delegate Chris Hurst Introduces Legislation to Protect Student Journalists

January 10, 2019
RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Chris Hurst (D-12) introduced legislation today to guarantee protection for student journalists and student-published-media at their schools. House Bill 2382 safeguards the school-sponsored work of student journalists from institutional censorship and restrictions unless the media is defamatory, violates federal law or creates a clear and present danger. “The integrity of reporters […]

Delegate Chris Hurst and Delegate Terry Austin Introduce Bill to Create Office of the Children’s Ombudsman

January 9, 2019
RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Chris Hurst (D-12) and Delegate Terry Austin (R-19) introduced bipartisan legislation today to establish the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman, which would provide oversight to Virginia’s child-serving agencies. The Office of the Children’s Ombudsman would strengthen the accountability and transparency of state and local child-serving agencies by investigating and addressing misconduct […]

Delegate Chris Hurst Introduces Legislation to Protect Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence from SLAPP Suits

January 7, 2019
RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Chris Hurst (D-12) introduced legislation today to protect survivors of domestic and sexual violence from “strategic lawsuits against public participation,” also known as SLAPP suits. House Bill 2111 ends the ability of abusers to initiate lawsuits alleging defamation and other wrongdoing by victims, with the intent of harming their victims in […]

Delegate Chris Hurst Re-Introduces Legislation to Protect Landowner Rights in Response to the Mountain Valley Pipeline

January 6, 2019
RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Chris Hurst (D-12) introduced legislation today to expand landowner rights along proposed pipeline routes and safeguard Virginia’s citizens and natural resources along pipeline routes. House Bill 2112 curtails the ability of natural gas companies to enter private property to conduct surveys without landowner consent. “I continue to vow to make fairness […]

Virginia’s historic chance to finally ratify the ERA

November 14, 2018
By Chris Hurst, Delegate for the 12th House District Many Virginians would be surprised to learn that although 86% of constitutions around the world guarantee gender equality, our Constitution does not offer the same guarantee to women in the U.S. There are over 165 million women in our country, well over half the total population, […]


  • HB36: Student journalists; freedom of speech and the press, definitions.
  • HB210: Historical African American cemeteries; adds a cemetery in Montgomery County and City of Radford.
  • HB211: License plates, special; issuance for persons awarded the United States Air Medal, etc.
  • HB212: Custody and visitation arrangements; use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil by foster parent, etc.
  • HB622: Limiting employees' sharing of wage information; prohibited, exception, civil penalty.
  • HB624: Human Rights, Division of; requirements for equal pay irrespective of sex.
  • HB628: Sanctions; improper purpose, claims filed in retaliation for certain actions.
  • HB629: Blacksburg, Town of; amending charter, public hearings.
  • HB630: Registered lobbyists; sexual harassment training.
  • HB638: Social security number; exemption from providing.
  • HB639: Persons acquitted by reason of insanity; use of two-way electronic communications in proceedings.
  • HB641: Funeral service providers; caskets provided by third parties.
  • HB643: Pipeline construction; certification requirement, minimum diameter, stop work orders.
  • HB644: Pipeline construction projects; violations, cumulative effect, civil penalties.
  • HB646: Pipeline construction permit; amount of civil penalty for violation.
  • HB648: Prescription Monitoring Program; information disclosed to Emergency Department Information.
  • HB795: Health insurance; association health plans.
  • HB1300: Virginia Public Procurement Act; statute of limitations on actions on construction contracts.
  • HB1301: Children's Ombudsman, Office of the; established.
  • HB1302: Deputy sheriffs; minimum salary.
  • HB1303: Nuclear energy; strategic plan for overall goal of carbon-free energy.
  • HB1559: Prescription drug price transparency; penalties.
  • HB1721: Handheld speed monitoring devices; civil penalty.
  • HB5090: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; law-enforcement criminal incident information, etc.
  • HB5102: Employee safety; Voluntary Protection Program.
  • HJ233: Commending Bud Foster.
  • HJ234: Commending Kenneth Neal Turner.
  • HB1719: Campaign Finance Disclosure Act of 2006; applicability to certain candidates for town offices.
  • HB1720: Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; possession or distribution at public school.
  • HB1786: Vehicles on sidewalks; use of power-driven mobility devices.
  • HB1868: Virginia Index of Performance incentive program; renamed Exemplar School Recognition Program.
  • HB1869: Net energy metering; schools.
  • HB1905: Alcoholic beverage control; mixed beverage referendum, exception.
  • HB1973: Historical African American cemeteries; adds two cemeteries in Pulaski County.
  • HB2045: Recovery residences; certification by Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
  • HB2111: Immunity from civil liability; abuse of process, malicious prosecution, or emotional distress.
  • HB2112: Natural gas companies; right of entry upon property.
  • HB2380: Higher educational institutions, public; online course catalogue, no-cost/low-cost course materials.
  • HB2381: Children's Ombudsman, Office of the, and Children's Advocacy Fund; created.
  • HB2382: Student journalists; freedom of speech and the press.
  • HB2634: Alcoholic beverage control; local referendums.
  • HJ874: Celebrating the life of Roy Lee Redd.
  • HJ875: Celebrating the life of Trina Nelson Rupe.
  • HJ876: Commending New River Valley Community Services.
  • HJ877: Commending Don Goodman.
  • HJ878: Commending Robert Stoots.
  • HB147: FOIA; scholastic records, student handheld mobile telephone numbers, etc.
  • HB486: Alcoholic beverage control; granting of certain mixed beverage licenses.
  • HB488: Blacksburg, Town of; amending charter, clarifies voting on proposed ordinance.
  • HB489: Registration and licensing of vehicles; payment of local taxes and fees.
  • HB634: Two-way video testimony; reports by Chief Medical Examiner.
  • HB710: Children's Ombudsman, Office of the; created.
  • HB1075: Poaching; revocation of hunting, trapping, or fishing license and privileges.
  • HB1187: Natural gas companies; right of entry upon property.
  • HB1188: Natural gas pipelines; contingency plan, discharges, penalty.
  • HB1436: Prescription drugs; price transparency.
  • HB1457: Employers and potential employers; civil immunity, reports of violent behavior by an employee.
  • HB1501: Standards of Learning Innovation Committee; adoption of recommendations.
  • HJ75: Institutional student loans; SCHEV to study payment structures.
  • HJ96: VaLORS; JLARC to study increasing hazardous duty retirement benefits.
  • HJ134: Celebrating the life of Nannie Mae Berger Hairston.
  • HJ154: Commending Annette S. Perkins.
  • HJ155: Commending Ron Rordam.
  • HJ158: Commending Frank M. Beamer.
  • HJ159: Celebrating the life of Gary Lee Eaton.
  • HJ246: Commending Blacksburg High School.
  • HJ247: Commending James A. Davis.
  • HJ283: Celebrating the life of Hendrik W. Tieleman.
  • HJ292: Celebrating the life of Lindsay Butte West.
  • HJ364: Celebrating the life of Wanda Bowyer Morehead.
  • HJ405: Commending Diane L. Zahm.
  • HJ406: Commending Ashley Vollrath.
  • HR196: Commending the Radford University men's basketball team.
  • HR197: Commending the Radford High School boys' basketball team.