Sen. 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, Courts of Justice, Education and Health
Copatroning Habits
75% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 64% 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

More recess on the way to Northern Virginia elementary schools:

August 8, 2018
  Washington PostFull coverage

More Arlington elementary-schoolers to get full 30 minutes of recess:

August 16, 2018
  Inside NoVAFull coverage

Northern Virginia elementary schools to devote more time to recess:

August 12, 2018
  The Keene SentinelFull coverage

Who Supports/Opposes the Fracked-Gas Pipelines in Virginia? A Tentative List; Let's ?Crowdsource? This:

July 29, 2018
  Blue Virginia (press release) (blog)Full coverage

Dominion flips switch on new law with plans for solar, modernizing power grid:

July 24, 2018
  Richmond.comFull coverage

These are all of the video clips of Chap Petersen’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 482 video clips in all.


  • SB9: Electric utility regulation; suspension of reviews of earnings, transitional rate period.
  • SB10: Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates.
  • SB11: State Corporation Commission; increases number of members.
  • SB12: Conflict of Interests Acts, State & Local Gov't, & General Assembly; post-service restrictions.
  • SB13: State Corporation Commission; intervenor compensation.
  • SB14: Service of process; county attorney to be served when actions against county officers, etc.
  • SB15: Virginia-Israel Advisory Board; reorganizes as Virginia-Israel Advisory Authority.
  • SB16: Security freezes; fees for placing on a consumer's credit report.
  • SB17: Uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance policies; bad faith.
  • SB138: Grand larceny; increases threshold amount.
  • SB139: Chesapeake Bay Watershed; imposes a tax on plastic bags provided to customers in certain localities.
  • SB140: Motor vehicle fuels sales tax in certain transportation districts; price floor.
  • SB141: Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; use of certain revenues by localities.
  • SB142: Circuit court; failure to appear in accordance with condition of bail, etc.
  • SB224: Release of seized property; petition to stay release.
  • SB258: Subpoenas; issuance by Director of Department of Health Professions or his designee.
  • SB272: Construction Trust Act; moneys paid under a contract by an owner to a contractor.
  • SB273: Public schools; instructional time for elementary school.
  • SB278: Eminent domain proceedings; distribution of funds to owner or owner's attorney.
  • SB280: Lease-option real estate contracts; requirements of the owner, default.
  • SB424: Virginia Gaming Commission; established.
  • SB806: Certificate of public need; medical equipment for MRI services in Northern, Virginia.
  • SB809: Eminent domain; calculation of lost profits, amends definitions.
  • SB824: Higher educational institutions, public; tuition and fee increases, notice to students and public.
  • SB895: Punitive damages; raises cap from $350,000 to $500,000.
  • SB897: Workers' compensation; taxicab and executive sedan drivers.
  • SB903: Electronic toll collection device; contributions to Virginia State Police Association General Fund.
  • SB904: Line of Duty Act; disabled persons to participate in state and local health insurance.
  • SB955: Electric utility regulation; suspension of reviews of earnings, Transitional Rate Period.
  • SJ66: Commending the W.T. Woodson High School boys' basketball team.
  • SJ67: Commending the Westfield High School field hockey team.
  • SJ124: Commending Simone Askew.
  • SJ125: Commending the Westfield High School football team.
  • SJ178: Commending FACETS.
  • SJ201: Commending Jeffrey C. Greenfield.
  • SJ242: Commending Eleanor D. Schmidt.
  • SR3: Commending the W.T. Woodson High School boys' basketball team.
  • SR4: Commending the Westfield High School field hockey team.
  • SR74: Commending Debbi Miller.
  • 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.