Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)

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34: Fairfax City (All), Fairfax County (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2008
Next Election
November 2019
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Education and Health
Copatroning Habits
77% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 65% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 56% of them are Democrats.
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Bills Passed
21.2% in 2017
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)

Attorney practicing business law with Surovell, Markle, Isaacs & Levy, PLC. Fairfax native. Elected to Fairfax City Council in 1998. Member of the House of Delegates from 2001-5, resigned his seat to seek unsuccessfully the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor. Graduate of the University of Virginia and Williams College. Married with three children.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Blue Virginia (press release) (blog): Sports-Related CTE Is a Serious Problem; Unfortunately, Sen. Chap Petersen Gives Us a Completely Non-Serious ...

July 29, 2017
Which is exactly what we do NOT get from Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) in the following Facebook tirade (see screen shot below) he posted yesterday. It's hard to even know where to start in critiquing this hyper-macho blather. How ...Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Football Players | Traumatic Brain Injury | JAMA | The JAMA NetworkThe JAMA Network2007-08 NFHS Handbook.qxdNFHSall 200 news articles »

Blue Virginia (press release) (blog): RIP Former Alexandria Mayor, Virginia State Senator Patsy Ticer

August 7, 2017
It is difficult to imagine a time when Patsy, our former Mayor/former State Senator, was not deeply involved in our community. Starting in the ... Saddened to hear that former Senator Patsy Ticer of Alexandria passed away overnight. Her grace ... RIP ...and more » Sen. Chap Petersen spars with Dominion over campaign donations

January 25, 2017
Petersen's earlier legislation on electricity rates would have undone 2015 legislation sponsored by Sen. Frank W. Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, that put a temporary freeze on State Corporation Commission regulation of the base electricity rates for ...Senate panel kills bill to impose disposable plastic bag taxwtkr.comFamilies should see death investigation records, state Senate panel votesDaily Pressall 63 news articles » Senator's bill to end Dominion's campaign contributions dies

February 2, 2017
Senator's bill to end Dominion's campaign contributions diesSen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, filed SB 1593 on Jan. 25 because, he said, state lawmakers shouldn't take money from public utilities that are regulated by the General Assembly and other state agencies. ?Monopolies like Dominion or Appalachian Power ...and more »

Blue Virginia (press release) (blog): Sen. Chap Petersen Proposes Ban on Political Contributions from Dominion Power, Other Regulated Monopolies

January 25, 2017
First let me just state the obvious: I have had a LOT of ?issues? with Virginia State Sen. Chap Petersen over the past few years on a wide variety not just of issues, but of the way he's expressed his contempt for those who don't agree with him. But ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Chap Petersen’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 469 video clips in all.


  • SB119: Small Business; changes in definition, regulation by U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • SB236: Government Data Collection & Dissemination Practices Act; collection & use of personal information.
  • SB599: Virginia Electronic Communications Privacy Act; established, report.
  • SB689: Common Interest Community Board; increases membership.
  • SB922: DPOR and DHP; licensure, certification, registration, and permitting.
  • SB923: Grand larceny; threshold.
  • SB924: Gov Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; use of personal inform. by law enforcement.
  • SB925: Plastic bag tax in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
  • SB926: Noise violations; civil penalty.
  • SB927: Eminent domain; timing for initiation of 'quick-take' condemnation procedure for just compensation.
  • SB928: Substitute judges.
  • SB929: Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; membership composition.
  • SB930: Conservation and replacement of trees; land development processes.
  • SB931: Va Freedom of Information Act; working papers and correspondence exempt.for presidents of higher ed.
  • SB1092: Motor vehicle fuels; establishes a floor on sales tax imposed in Northern Virginia.
  • SB1093: Campaign finance; contribution limits, civil penalty.
  • SB1094: Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; right of resident upon eviction from a manufactured home park.
  • SB1095: Electric utility regulation; suspension of reviews of earnings, Transitional Rate Period.
  • SB1096: Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; home-based businesses, licensed child care provider.
  • SB1376: Higher educational institutions, public; public notice of proposed undergraduate tuition increase.
  • SB1379: Higher educational institutions; governing board to implement a plan to reduce in-state tuition.
  • SB1380: Regional school boards; full-time virtual school programs.
  • SB1436: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; expands definition of public body.
  • SB1558: Blanket surety bonds; proof of coverage of local officer.
  • SB1559: Zoning appeals, board of; recipient to receive notice of zoning violation.
  • SB1593: Candidates in elections; prohibited contributions.
  • SJ47: Constitutional amendment; exemption from taxation of certain motor vehicles (first reference).
  • SJ293: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Warren E. Barry.
  • SJ400: Commending the Westfield High School boys' basketball team.
  • SJ401: Celebrating the life of George Steven Bilidas.
  • SJ402: Commending Linda L. Leightley.
  • SJ403: Commending the Westfield High School football team.
  • SJ404: Celebrating the life of the Reverend Won Sang Lee.
  • SB108: Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; finding of guilt required.
  • SB109: Eminent domain proceedings; commissioners to be summoned at least 30 days prior to service.
  • SB110: Temporary injunctions; factors for consideration.
  • SB111: Punitive damages; raises cap for any action accruing on or after July 1, 2016.
  • SB112: NVTA; use of certain funds for sidewalk projects.
  • SB113: Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; membership composition.
  • SB114: Plastic bags; tax imposed in Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
  • SB115: Income tax, state; repeals personal tax credit for contributions to political candidates.
  • SB116: Virginia-Korea Advisory Board; established, report, sunset provision.
  • SB117: Motor vehicle doors; operator to wait for a reasonable opportunity to open.
  • SB119: Small Business; changes in definition, regulation by U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • SB234: Interstate 66; tolls on existing components east of mile marker 67 prohibited.
  • SB235: Larceny and property crimes; threshold.
  • SB236: Government Data Collection & Dissemination Practices Act; collection & use of personal information.
  • SB237: Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; condemnation of common area.
  • SB238: Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; home-based businesses.
  • SB239: Workers' compensation; recovering damages from other party.
  • SB241: Service of process, substituted; served on registered agent of a corporation.
  • SB242: Charitable Gaming Board; powers and duties, Charitable Gaming Fund established.
  • SB243: Sex offender registry; electronic identification information, registration requirements.
  • SB244: Fuels tax, local; authorizes localities to impose.
  • SB313: Virginia College Building Authority; financing projects, participating institutions.