Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)

Photo of Chap Petersen
Party
Democratic
District
34: Fairfax City (All), Fairfax County (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2008
Next Election
November 2019
Committees
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Education and Health
Age
49
Website
fairfaxsenator.com
Twitter
@ChapPetersen
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.
Partisanship
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Bills Passed
21.2% in 2017
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)
Bio

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

NBC4 Washington: Virginia Court Blocks Millions in Electric Company Refunds

September 14, 2017
Democratic state Sen. Chap Petersen, a critic of the 2015 law, said the court's ruling was disappointing. He plans to try to overturn the law during next year's legislative session. "There's a lot more public scrutiny on these laws and on these votes ...Virginia Supreme Court upholds electric rate review lawMiami Heraldall 7 news articles »

Miami Herald: Report: Lower electric rates if not for 2015 law

September 5, 2017
13newsnow.comDemocratic state Sen. Chap Petersen, an opponent of the law, said Dominion helped write the legislation because it knew its rates were too high and the SCC's report is unsurprising. "The law worked as the authors intended," Petersen said. But the law's ...Virginia utilities rake in profits, but 2015 law bars residents from getting lower electric ratesStaunton News Leaderall 3 news articles »

Staunton News Leader: Dominion fooled our lawmakers; who will stand up to them?

September 8, 2017
With a new administration in the White House and the Clean Power Plan basically dead, Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, tried to reverse the decision earlier this year and thaw the rate freeze to no avail. Who in the legislature will have enough guts to ...and more »

Richmond.com: 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 »

wtvr.com: Senator's bill to end Dominion's campaign contributions dies at GA ...

February 2, 2017
Senator's bill to end Dominion's campaign contributions dies at GA ...RICHMOND ? Everybody at the state Capitol saw this coming: the death of a bill to prohibit Dominion, the single largest corporate donor in Virginia politics, from ...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.

Bills

  • 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.
  • SB599: Virginia Electronic Communications Privacy Act; established, report.