Delegate Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg)

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59: Counties of Albemarle (part), Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell (part), and Nelson (part) [map]
Took Office
January 2012
Next Election
November 2017
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, Finance, Militia, Police and Public Safety
Copatroning Habits
78% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 91% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 69% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
21.7% in 2017
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)
Recent Mentions in the Media

Lynchburg News and Advance: Fariss leads in fundraising in Virginia 59th House District race

July 28, 2017
Despite a packed field in the race for the Virginia House of Delegates 59th District seat, Del. Matt Fariss, R-Rustburg, is leading all three of his challengers in fundraising by thousands of dollars, according to campaign finance reports released ...

The Daily Progress: Independent joins crowded field in the 59th

July 23, 2017
LYNCHBURG ? Buckingham County contractor David Ball has joined the crowded field in the race against Del. Matt Fariss, R-Rustburg, to represent the 59th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. Hailing from the far eastern end of the sprawling ...

Blue Virginia (press release) (blog): Virginia House of Delegates Race Ratings (8/19/17)

August 19, 2017
T-Mac did better than either, at 48%-42%, and it went for Obershain, the only non-controversial Republican running that year, by 28 votes. This race is a blockbuster. Incumbent Del. Joseph Yost (R), who has won 2 of his 3 races in this seat by less ... Del. Fariss' tall tale of rabbit hunt brings down the House

February 3, 2017
Del. Fariss' tall tale of rabbit hunt brings down the HouseIn Fariss' yarn, he and Del. Hyland F. ?Buddy? Fowler Jr., R-Hanover, were walking back to their office one day, when ?a buddy of ours,? named Terry, riding in a Tahoe, stopped them and told of a problem. Fariss said Gov. Terry McAuliffe noted that he ...and more »

Lynchburg News and Advance: Del. Fariss charged with hit-and-run; July incident damaged shrubbery, fencing

January 21, 2016
Because Fariss is a sitting delegate representing part of Campbell County, McAndrews felt it was best to avoid having his office involved in the prosecution. ?From the inception, the investigation was all referred out,? McAndrews said Wednesday.and more »

These are all of the video clips of Matt Fariss’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2012. There are 35 video clips in all.


  • HB1358: Gas emissions; control systems for certain landfills.
  • HB1599: Suspension of driver's license for unpaid fines, etc.; written offer of employment.
  • HB1600: Landfills; DEQ, et al., to work towards odor reduction in Campbell County.
  • HB1601: Electors for President and Vice President; allocation of electoral votes by congressional district.
  • HB1602: Invasion of privacy; civil action, damages, attorney fees and costs.
  • HB1792: Firearms; felon sharing residence with person who legally possesses.
  • HB1793: Burn ban; exception for frost or freeze protection of orchard or vineyard.
  • HB2239: Farm use vehicles, certain; registration exemption, highway distance limitations.
  • HB2325: Concealed handgun permit; application for permit requires photo identification.
  • HB2381: Dangerous dogs; clarifies definition, etc.
  • HB2440: Appomattox, Town of; amending charter, shifts municipal elections from May to November, etc.
  • HB2441: Tow truck drivers; registration.
  • HB2472: Alcoholic beverage control; spirits tastings by distiller licensee.
  • HR289: Commending the Appomattox County High School football team.
  • HR290: Commending the Rustburg Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone All-Star team.
  • HR322: Commending the Appomattox Dixie Youth Baseball boys' all-star team.
  • HR323: Commending the Rustburg High School baseball team.
  • HR339: Commending Doug Smith.
  • HR382: Commending the Appomattox Dixie Youth Machine Pitch All-Stars baseball team.
  • HR405: Celebrating the life of Margaret Elizabeth Bailey Rackley.
  • HR408: Commending first responders to the Appomattox County tornado.
  • HR471: Commending the Rustburg Dixie Youth AAA All-Stars baseball team.
  • HR472: Commending the Appomattox Dixie Youth Angels softball team.