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 2015
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, Finance, Militia, Police and Public Safety
Copatroning Habits
83% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 89% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 72% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
26.3% in 2014
Campaign Contributions
$1,133.66 cash on hand (May 2013 report)
Top 10 Donors
Dominion Leadership Trust Political Fredericksburg $2,500
John and Margaret Whitlock Multi Media Richmond $2,000
Dave Albo for Delegate Political Springfield $1,300
Virginia Uranium Uranium Chatham $1,000
Majority Leaders PAC Political Colonial Heights $1,000
Dominion PAC Political Richmond $1,000
Abbott Laboratories Employee PAC Politcal IL $500
Virginia Bank PAC Political Glen Allen $500
Electric Cooperatives of Virginia Electric Utilties Glen Allen $500
Altria Client Services, Inc. Consulting Richmond $500

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Recent Mentions in the Media

Lynchburg News and Advance: Legislators urge Attorney General to take stronger stance in closure of Sweet ...

May 10, 2015
?I'm concerned that we need less talk and more action from the attorney general's office,? Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, said Friday. ?These conversations may give the appearance of activity, but in reality all they do is delay what is needed, which is ...and more »

Lynchburg News and Advance: Delegate signs on as co-patron on bill to legalize hemp production

January 9, 2015
Del. Matt Fariss, R-Rustburg, has signed on as chief co-patron of a bill to legalize industrial hemp production in Virginia. Fariss, a farmer, said hemp could be an asset for growers searching for new crops to cultivate. ?I think hemp is a very ...

Lynchburg News and Advance: Few legislators take stance on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

April 15, 2015
Robert Hurt, Va. Sen. Creigh Deeds, Del. Dickie Bell and Del. Matt Fariss all clarified their positions and offered comments on the proposed pipeline that would transport natural gas about 550 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina, through Nelson ...and more »

Lynchburg News and Advance: Lynchburg Livestock Market fined $10000 after USDA complaint

January 17, 2015
The Lynchburg Livestock Market in Campbell County has been fined $10,000 for improper use of custodial funds intended for livestock sellers and other obligations. The fine, levied in late December and announced this month, was agreed to after the U.S. ...and more »

Lynchburg News and Advance: Change in Virginia code opens new market for Lynchburg business

April 24, 2015
A two-sentence amendment to the Code of Virginia may open a new market for a small business in Lynchburg. The amendment, introduced by Del. Matt Fariss and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in March, allows police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances to ...and more »

From this Legislator’s Twitter Feed

July 13, 2012

MattFariss: The 2012 Romney Campaign bus stopped by The Lynchburg Republican Headquarters!! #

July 13, 2012

MattFariss: The 2012 Romney Campaign bus stopped by The Lynchburg Republican Headquarters!! #

July 13, 2012

MattFariss: The 2012 Romney Campaign bus stopped by The Lynchburg Republican Headquarters!! #

June 25, 2012

MattFariss: Bobby & Harrison @ our chicken farm. #

June 25, 2012

MattFariss: Thanks to the South Central Association of Realtors- great food and fellowship at their annual BBQ in Farmville! #

These are all of the video clips of Matt Fariss’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2012. There are 29 video clips in all.


  • HB741: Antique motor vehicles; exempted from exhaust system requirements.
  • HB1544: Emergency vehicles; vehicle illuminated identification systems.
  • HB1545: United States Postal Service; inspectors.
  • HB1546: Virginia Law Officers' Retirement System; sworn members of enforcement division of DMV added.
  • HB1551: Antique motor vehicles; exhaust systems.
  • HB1685: Private police departments.
  • HB1686: Fish; DGIF shall establish a special permit.
  • HB1687: Battery; increases penalty when against a school employee engaged in performance of his duties.
  • HB1707: Hugh T. Pendleton Memorial Highway; designating as a portion of Route 24 in Campbell County.
  • HB1724: Forest products; revision of definition, changing of tax on all products.
  • HB2086: Motor vehicle liability insurance; coverage for damage to covered property.
  • HB2230: Electoral college; revises process of allocation of electoral votes.
  • HB2371: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for certain nonprofit entities.
  • HB2382: Land preservation; tax credits for individuals and corporations.
  • HJ644: Internet; benefit of sharing wireless access with local law-enforcement agencies.
  • HJ727: Commending the Nelson County Future Farmers of America Farm Business Management team.
  • HJ728: Commending the Nelson County Middle School Future Farmers of America Agronomy team.
  • HJ817: Commending ABATE of Virginia, Inc.
  • HR202: Federal felons; restoration of gun ownership rights.
  • HR243: Commending the Altavista Combined School football team.
  • HR258: Commending the Appomattox Machine Pitch All-Stars baseball team.
  • HR259: Commending the Rustburg Angels All-Stars softball team.
  • HR260: Commending Bob and Annie Bryant.
  • HB64: Stephen L. Thompson Memorial Highway; designating as a portion of Va. Route 24 in Town of Rustburg.
  • HB398: Statutes of limitation; accrual of right of action.
  • HB441: Motor vehicle insurance; salvage vehicles.
  • HB560: Land use permits; issued by VDOT to a company providing utility service solely for agricultural use.
  • HB741: Antique motor vehicles; exempted from exhaust system requirements.
  • HB856: Hazardous waste; removes requirement that permit is required from DEQ to transport.
  • HB857: Muzzle-loading rifle season; persons to wear certain blaze orange clothing.
  • HB858: State forest activity fee; Department of Forestry to promulgate emergency regulations to establish.
  • HB1042: Muzzleloading pistols; allowed to use certain pistols to hunt game birds, etc., in certain counties.
  • HB1071: Stormwater Management Program; delays implementation by local governments.
  • HB1168: Wetland and stream mitigation banks; state lands that are used to provide compensatory mitigation.
  • HJ110: Commending Altavista Combined School football team.
  • HJ146: Celebrating the life of Hugh T. Pendleton, Jr.
  • HJ215: Commending Charles Warren Falwell, Sr.
  • HJ227: Celebrating the life of Clayton Campbell Bryant, Sr.
  • HJ282: Celebrating the life of Floyd Withers Merryman, Jr.
  • HJ308: Commending the Appomattox Angels All-Star softball team.
  • HJ5040: Celebrating the life of James Rudolph Burgess.
  • HJ5047: Commending Altavista Combined School boys' basketball team.
  • HB1363: Private security services businesses; exempts certain employees and representatives from training.
  • HB2085: Consumer Counsel of Dept. of Law, Division of; replaces referenece to Office of Consumer Affairs.
  • HB2086: Agriculture and Consumer Services, Board of; regulatory powers.
  • HB2214: Licenses, restricted; issued when suspended for failure to pay fines and costs.
  • HB2248: Money laundering; adds investigations of violations to multijurisdiction grand juries.
  • HB2279: Children; placement of nonresident child in State residential facility.
  • HJ744: United Cherokee Indian Tribe of Virginia, Incorporated; State Recognition.
  • HJ765: Celebrating the life of Staff Sergeant Gregory Todd Copes.
  • HJ778: Commending J. R. Burgess.
  • HB742: Farm vehicles; distance limit.
  • HB743: Farm utility vehicles; tax exemption.
  • HB744: Interstate Compact on Placement of Children; placement of children in residential facility.
  • HB1219: Common Interest Community Board; authorized to terminate inactive condominium, etc., registrations.
  • HB1269: Zoning appeals, board of; appeals resulting in tie vote may be carried over until next meeting.
  • HJ498: Commending Stephen L. Thompson, M.D.
  • HJ499: Commending Hugh W. Rosser.