Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)

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7: Virginia Beach City (Part), Norfolk City (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2001
Next Election
November 2019
Commerce and Labor (Chair), Finance, Rehabilitation and Social Services, Rules
Copatroning Habits
61% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 61% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 55% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
23.8% in 2017
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)

Senate Republican party whip, sharing the duty with Sen. Mark Obenshain.

Recent Mentions in the Media

After midterms, Virginia Democrats look to make state gains:

November 8, 2018
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Unexpected $300-$500 million expense to HRBT expansion:

October 18, 2018 WVECFull coverage

Do Tuesday's vote counts foreshadow a General Assembly shift?:

November 9, 2018
  Daily PressFull coverage

What might (or might not) Tuesday signal for 2019?:

November 8, 2018
  Daily Press (blog)Full coverage

Norfolk Republicans Fired Up to Reelect Scott Taylor:

October 24, 2018
  Bearing Drift (press release) (blog)Full coverage

These are all of the video clips of Frank Wagner’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 401 video clips in all.


  • SB658: Literary Fund; application for loans by regional and joint schools.
  • SB659: Security freezes; elimination of fees.
  • SB660: Youth Employment Solutions apprenticeship program; feasibility of implementation.
  • SB661: Wages; removes exemptions that exclude newsboys, shoe shine boys, etc., from Va. Minimum Wage Act.
  • SB662: Electric utilities; competition.
  • SB852: Commonwealth Transportation Board; increases membership.
  • SB853: Insurance agents; continuing education requirements.
  • SB890: Juvenile offenders; eligibility for parole.
  • SB891: Assisted living facility administrator; exempt from licensure if licensed practical nurse.
  • SB894: Virginia Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund; created.
  • SB896: Motor vehicle fuels; sales tax in certain regions of the Commonwealth.
  • SB936: Standards of Achievement Career and Technical Education Committee; established.
  • SB966: Electric utility regulation; grid modernization, energy efficiency.
  • SB985: Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction and Bond Rating Protection Act of 2018; report.
  • SB989: Virginia Antitrust Act; exemption for hospitals.
  • SJ131: Celebrating the life of Martha Jeraldine Morris Tata.
  • SJ143: Commending James S. Utterback.
  • SJ208: Commending Darnell Dozier.
  • SR14: State Corporation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SR15: Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SB742: Motor vehicles; fuels sales tax in certain transportation districts.
  • SB934: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exempts legal tender coins.
  • SB1388: Electric utilities; margin on solar energy power purchase agreements.
  • SB1392: Geothermal heat pump property expenditure; establishes a tax credit for taxable years 2017-2021.
  • SB1393: Electric utilities; community solar pilot programs.
  • SB1394: Small agricultural generators; establishes parameters of a program.
  • SB1395: Small renewable energy projects; eligibility for permits by rule.
  • SB1396: Norfolk Southern Railway right-of-way; public transit or multimodal transportation projects.
  • SB1423: Electric utilities; viewshed mitigation payments.
  • SB1456: Motor vehicle fuels; definitions, sales tax in certain transportation districts, price floor.
  • SB1513: Health insurance; assignment of benefits.
  • SB1515: Existing buildings; manual entry door hardware.
  • SB1565: Higher educational institutions; tuition increases.
  • SB1573: Appraisal management companies; compensation of appraiser within 30 days of delivery of report.
  • SB1575: Virginia Real Estate Appraiser Board; appraisal management companies, compensation of appraisers.
  • SB1590: Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder.
  • SJ294: Commending Naval Station Norfolk.
  • SJ297: Coastal flooding adaptation and resiliency report; JLARC to study.
  • SJ417: Celebrating the life of Louis Edward McKinney.
  • SR103: Commending Frederick J. Napolitano.
  • SR114: Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SB466: Guardianship; communication between incapacitated person and others.
  • SB467: Child day programs; exemptions from licensure.
  • SB468: Local stormwater utility; waiver of charges where stormwater retained on site.
  • SB469: Local stormwater utility; payment to best management practice (BMP) operator accepting runoff.
  • SB470: Motor vehicle fuels sales tax; increased in Hampton Roads.
  • SB471: Commonwealth Transportation Board; increases regional membership.
  • SB472: Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission; local representation.
  • SB473: Amateur radio vehicles; allowed to use flashing, blinking, or alternating amber lights.
  • SB474: Workers' compensation; recovering damages from other party.
  • SB475: Clean Fuel Fleet Voucher Program; established.
  • SB476: Hampton Roads Transportation Fund; distribution of moneys.
  • SB477: Motor vehicle fuels; sales tax in certain transportation districts, price floor.
  • SB631: Workers' compensation; fee schedules for medical services.
  • SB742: Motor vehicles; fuels sales tax in certain transportation districts.
  • SB743: Division of Energy; state certifying authority for solar energy projects.
  • SB744: Electric utilities; recovery of cost of line extensions to serve megasites.
  • SB745: Notice to customers of renewable electric power options.
  • SB746: Recovery of attorney fees from agency; actions brought in violation of law or for improper purpose.
  • SB747: Promotion of cybersecurity in the Commonwealth.
  • SB748: Economic Development Infrastructure Act of 2016; acquisition of utility right of way.
  • SJ5: Commending Julian B. Jacobs.
  • SJ74: Celebrating the life of Dennis M. Gronka.
  • SJ168: Celebrating the life of Edward E. Brickell, Jr.
  • SR29: State Corporation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SR30: Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SR94: Commending the Princess Anne High School girls' basketball team.
  • SB505: Natural gas; incentives for expanded use as transportation fuel, report.
  • SB1198: Administrative Process Act; legislative review of regulations.
  • SB1199: Acts of violence on schools and other property; penalties.
  • SB1200: Golden bamboo; designation as a noxious weed.
  • SB1201: Stormwater; procedure for approval of dredging operations in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
  • SB1202: Clean Power Plan; preparation of state implementation plan.
  • SB1203: Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan; Little Creek watershed removed from James River Basin.
  • SB1204: Secondhand building materials; exemption for donation of certain materials.
  • SB1205: Recyclable materials; changes tax credit by extending expiration date to January 1, 2020.
  • SB1206: Higher educational institutions; six-year plan to include intellectual property interests, etc.
  • SB1207: Securities Act; Crowdfunding Virginia Exemption.
  • SB1208: Urban system construction projects; City of Norfolk may receive funds for projects.
  • SB1209: New Economy Industry Credential Assistance Training Grants; established.
  • SB1336: Sales and use tax; exemption includes gold, silver, & platinum whose sales price exceeds $1,000.
  • SB1343: Joint Rules Committee of General Assembly; employment of legal counsel.
  • SB1349: Electric utility regulation; suspension of regulatory reviews of utility earnings.
  • SB1442: Clean Power State Implementation Plan; DEQ prohibited from expending funds, etc., federal ruling.
  • SB1461: Waterfowl blinds; expiration and renewal of licenses in Virginia Beach, late fee, etc.
  • SB1462: Va. Offshore Wind Development Authority; converted to Va. Offshore Energy Development Authority.
  • SB1463: Voter registration; electronic signatures.
  • SJ72: Transportation; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study equity of funding.
  • SJ74: Constitutional amendment; nomination of candidates for elective office (first reference).
  • SJ273: Clean Power Plan; DEQ to compare projected health benefits with those of existing regulations.
  • SJ274: Virginia's manufacturing sector; JLARC to update 2006 study.
  • SJ308: Joint Rules Committee; to employ counsel to challenge federal rules carbon emission guidelines.
  • SJ318: Celebrating the life of Lieutenant J. Wesley Van Dorn.
  • SB504: Watercraft titling certificates; amendments to uniform act.
  • SB505: Natural gas; incentives for expanded use as transportation fuel, report.
  • SB506: Hybrid electric motor vehicles; eliminates annual license tax.
  • SB507: Candidates for office; party nomination methods.
  • SB508: Real and personal property tax exemption; aviation museum.
  • SB511: Commonwealth Transportation Board; composition.
  • SB512: Solar equipment; certified pollution control equipment and facilities.
  • SB513: Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission; created.
  • SB514: Virginia Energy Plan; postpones due date for quadrennial updates.
  • SB515: Domestic international sales corporations (DISC); exempt from income taxation.
  • SB516: Private employment; preference for veterans and spouses of certain veterans.
  • SB517: Banks; minimum capital stock requirement.
  • SB518: Highway systems; funding.
  • SB519: Natural gas utilities; upstream supply infrastructure projects.
  • SB571: Va.Beach arena; if Va. Beach issues bonds for a facility, it shall create an Arena Financing Fund.
  • SJ72: Transportation; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study equity of funding.
  • SJ73: Commending Bruce Thompson.
  • SJ74: Constitutional amendment; nomination of candidates for elective office (first reference).
  • SJ75: Recycled material; Manufacturing Development Commission to study benefits in manufacturing process.
  • SJ85: Commending Jack G. Travelstead.
  • SJ5080: Celebrating the life of Jimmy Mills Hargrove.
  • SR52: Celebrating the life of Armand James DeBellis.
  • SB505: Combined heat and power facilities; incentives.
  • SB516: Motor vehicle insurance; medical expense benefits, assignments.
  • SB518: Mandated health insurance; not applicable if exceed essential benefits package.
  • SB766: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption includes hurricane preparedness equipment.
  • SB767: Retail sales and transient occupancy taxes; taxes on room rentals based upon charges for use, etc.
  • SB768: Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan; directs state agencies to remove Lynnhaven River.
  • SB769: Credit unions; limit on authorized investments in certain property, retained earnings.
  • SB770: Driver improvement clinics; increases fee that clinics may charge for courses.
  • SB771: License plates; display of a single plate on registered vehicles.
  • SB772: Virginia Real Estate Time-Share Act; developer control in time-share estate program, etc.
  • SB814: Nursing education programs; minimum examination passage rates.
  • SB815: Driver training schools; length of daily instruction.
  • SB946: Public beaches; sand dredging and beach replenishment.
  • SB1053: Boating safety education; exempts certain U.S. Navy surface warfare officers, etc.
  • SB1059: Dental and optometric services plans; applicability of certain provisions.
  • SB1117: Virginia Uniform Certificate of Title for Watercraft Act; adoption of Act, technical amendments.
  • SB1260: Candidates in elections; party nominating methods for statewide or General Assembly district office.
  • SB1305: Virginia Port Authority; reform by adding Chief Executive Officer to Board of Commissioners, etc.
  • SB1306: Neighborhood Assistance Act; tax credits to eligible neighborhood organizations.
  • SB1307: DPOR; Director authorized to purchase information technology and telecommunication goods & services.
  • SB1328: Revenues and appropriations of State; changes to revenues collected and distribution.
  • SB1329: Medicaid; expands class of recipients in State.
  • SB1365: Tax administration; monetary awards for detection of tax underpayments, development of guidelines.
  • SJ359: Commending Boys Home, Inc.
  • SB504: Air quality, water quality or solid waste permits; facilities upgrading and requiring new permit.
  • SB505: Combined heat and power facilities; incentives.
  • SB506: Defined contribution retirement plan; permits any locality or school board to establish.
  • SB507: Real Estate Appraiser Board; shall develop continuing education curriculum for licensees, report.
  • SB508: Tuition, in-state; members of Virginia National Guard.
  • SB509: State Water Control Board; powers and duties.
  • SB510: Primary elections; allows write-in votes.
  • SB511: Natural gas utilities; qualified projects.
  • SB512: Hunting; allows person to hunt wild bird or wild animal on Sundays.
  • SB513: Career and technical education; substitution for required credits.
  • SB514: High school accreditation; Board of Education to adopt regulation adjusting formula for calculating.
  • SB515: Alcoholic beverage control; no retail licensee shall employ as manager any unauthorized alien.
  • SB516: Motor vehicle insurance; medical expense benefits, assignments.
  • SB517: Nursing education programs; requires Board of Nursing to implement certain due process requirements.
  • SB518: Mandated health insurance; not applicable if exceed essential benefits package.
  • SB519: Consumer utility tax; exemption for public utilities, etc. on natural gas used to make electricity.
  • SB520: Property and casualty insurance; provides for SCC licensing and regulation of public adjusters.
  • SB521: Alcoholic beverage control; mixed beverage license for certain motor sports facilities.
  • SB522: Group health insurance; small employer is one who employs between 2 and 50 employees.
  • SB549: Machinery and Tools Investment Grant Program; created.
  • SB576: Workers' compensation; uninsured employer's fund financing tax.
  • SB577: VWC; majority of members constitutes a quorum for purposes of exercising functions of Commission.
  • SB578: Virginia Port Authority; amends several provisions governing conduct of business.
  • SB597: Retail Sales and Use Tax; presumption of sufficient activity to require dealer to register.
  • SB639: Transportation; provides revenues for construction, maintenance, and funding.
  • SB680: Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credits; at least 40 percent of those served are impoverished.
  • SJ86: Machinery and tools, local; TAX to study impact of income tax credit for taxes paid by manufacturer.
  • SJ87: Manufacturing sector; JLARC to study measures to eliminate disparity of tax burden on State.
  • SJ158: Commending Joey Layton.
  • SJ194: Commending Officer Candidate Joshua Moore and Midshipman Jason Benning.
  • SJ223: Celebrating the life of J. Curtis Fruit.
  • SJ253: Commending Steven G. Bowman.
  • SB601: Offshore drilling; royalties to be deposited in Transportation Trust Fund, etc.
  • SB854: Sales of secondhand building materials; police chief may refuse to issue permit if a felon.
  • SB855: Courthouse assessments; localities to raise fee assessed for courthouse construction, etc.
  • SB856: Patriots Crossing project; requires VDOT to accept unsolicited proposals for development, etc.
  • SB857: Misdemeanor; maximum fine is raised each July 1, starting July 1, 2012.
  • SB858: Vehicles; right turns by those facing left green arrow signals.
  • SB859: Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure Development Compact; repealing Compact.
  • SB860: Real property tax; classification of certain historical buildings.
  • SB861: Defined contribution retirement plan, local; locality to establish in lieu of other retirement plan.
  • SB862: Commonwealth Energy Policy; local renewable energy facility siting ordinances.
  • SB863: Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit; amends definition of impoverished people.
  • SB1133: Filled subaqueous bottomlands; Marine Resources Commission to convey title if lawfully deposited.
  • SB1134: Offshore Wind Development Authority; membership.
  • SB1135: Transportation Board; powers and duties.
  • SB1136: Income tax, state; international trade facility tax credit.
  • SB1137: Virginia Fuels Tax Act; definition of commercial watercraft.
  • SB1375: Contractors, Board for; regulation of building analysts.
  • SB1376: Hunter safety education; requires 18 year old or younger to pass before obtaining hunting license.
  • SB1404: Income tax, state; clean fuel vehicle job creation tax credit.
  • SB1431: Retailers of motor vehicle tires; sufficient activity to require collection of certain state taxes.
  • SB1481: Income tax, corporate; Virginia port volume increase tax credit.
  • SB1482: Virginia Life, Accident and Sickness Insurance Guaranty Association; surplus funds.
  • SJ92: Constitutional amendment; conference committee report for general appropriation bills.
  • SJ308: Engineering curriculum; Department of Education to development in public schools, report.
  • SB392: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for production of electricity from offshore winds.
  • SB393: Offshore Wind Project Development Commission; established.
  • SB394: Offshore energy resources; production and development permitted 50 miles off Atlantic shoreline.
  • SB395: Stormwater management regulations; changes effective date that establishes local program criteria.
  • SB396: Courthouse assessments; localities may raise fee for construction, etc., above current amount.
  • SB397: Misdemeanor fines; maximum fine is raised each July 1 by amount approximately equal to inflation.
  • SB398: Water safety zones; authorizes marine patrol divisions of police in Tidewater localities to patrol.
  • SB399: Motor vehicle insurance; premiums based on credit information.
  • SB442: Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on; authority to suspend regulation with concurrence of GOV.
  • SB600: Transportation Trust Fund; increases amount of general fund surplus.
  • SB601: Offshore drilling; royalties to be deposited in Transportation Trust Fund, etc.
  • SB612: Workers' Compensation Commission; repeals requirement of sending copies of awards by priority mail.
  • SB627: Nutrient reduction credits; nonpoint nutrient offsets to be credited against a nutrient allocation.
  • SB628: Mixed beverage licensees; ABC Board to prescribe terms under which licensees may infuse spirits.
  • SB629: Standards of Quality; requirement for standard diploma.
  • SB630: Standards of Quality; local school board to include in its annual report.
  • SB659: Outer Continental Shelf; air pollution control regulations.
  • SJ82: Commending Jacqueline and Frederick J. Napolitano, Sr.
  • SJ92: Constitutional amendment; conference committee report for general appropriation bills.
  • SJ125: Commending the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
  • SB318: Wind Underwriting Association; established.
  • SB323: Alcoholic mixed beverages; restaurant licensee food sale requirement.
  • SB324: Utility Facilities Act; renewable energy facilities.
  • SB712: Cap and trade system for NOx and SO2; nonattainment areas.
  • SB980: Manufacturing Development Commission; repeals July 1, 2009, sunset date.
  • SB981: Manufacturing Development Commission; increases size to 14 members by adding a representative.
  • SB982: Stormwater; requires localities to regulate.
  • SB983: Alcoholic mixed beverages; exception for certain spirits that licensee cannot deliver to consumer.
  • SB984: Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act; stormwater regulations.
  • SB1299: Administrative Process Act; certain requirement for agencies that submit documents or payments, etc.
  • SB1345: Energy efficiency in state government; goal of reducing annual cost nonrenewable energy purchases.
  • SB1346: Coastal Energy Research Consortium; makes certain technical corrections to membership.
  • SB1347: Small renewable energy projects; DEQ to develop procedure permitting construction and operation.
  • SB1348: Electricity; SCC to conduct proceeding to determine appropriate energy conservation, etc.
  • SB1349: Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure Development Compact; established.
  • SB1350: Marine Resources Commission; authority to lease subaqueous lands for generating electrical energy.
  • SB1351: Health insurance plan; insurance mandate for accident, etc. apply to plans for state employees.
  • SB1352: Insurance holding companies; SCC to approve any ordinary dividend by a registered insurer.
  • SB1353: Bank franchise tax; deductions from gross capital.
  • SB1355: Trusts, state and local; created to fund costs for providing postemployment public benefits.
  • SB1449: Towing and recovery licensure; extends date which a person engaging in, etc. towing needs license.
  • SJ366: Commending Mary Russo.
  • SJ437: Commending Bruce Smith.
  • SB317: Income tax, state; Certified EarthCraft House tax credit.
  • SB318: Wind Underwriting Association; established.
  • SB319: Technology Research Fund; adds sensor sciences to eligible research programs.
  • SB320: Solar energy collection devices; covenants restricting.
  • SB321: Energy electric generating facilities; DEQ to consult with others to consider environmental impact.
  • SB322: Electric Utility Restructuring Act; defines municipal solid waste as source of renewable energy.
  • SB323: Alcoholic mixed beverages; restaurant licensee food sale requirement.
  • SB324: Util