Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)

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Party
Democratic
District
16: Chesterfield County (Part), Prince George County (Part), Richmond City (Part), Petersburg City (All), Dinwiddie County (Part), Hopewell City (All) [map]
Took Office
January 2020
Next Election
November 2019
Committees
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Judiciary, Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services
Age
62
Copatroning Habits
64% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 98% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 54% of them are Democrats.
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Bio

Delegate Morrissey served as Richmond commonwealth's attorney from 1989-1993. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Virginia, a JD from Georgetown and an Master of Laws from Trinity College (Dublin). He has three children. A Democrat, in 2014 he was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, leading him to resign his seat, run for reelection as an independent, and win his seat again.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Richmond Free Press: Advocates rally for prison reform bills at State Capitol

January 17, 2020 | 6:00 am
  

The Washington Post: Tapping the brakes on gun control still means huge changes coming to Virginia’s gun culture

January 16, 2020 | 1:05 pm
  

WSET: Herring sues to block Trump Administration's rule that would eliminate SNAP benefits

January 16, 2020 | 12:15 pm
  

Village News Online: Chase gets one committee assignment

January 15, 2020 | 4:59 am
  

The Commonwealth Times: Prison reform advocates read inmate letters at State Capitol rally

January 14, 2020 | 9:41 pm
  

These are all of the video clips of Joe Morrissey’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 381 video clips in all.

Bills

  • SB798: Driving after forfeiture of license.
  • SB801: Subpoena duces tecum; attorney-issued subpoena duces tecum; criminal cases.
  • SB802: Death penalty executions; moratorium.
  • SB803: Attorneys for the Commonwealth; compensation and collection of fees.
  • SB805: Robbery; definition, penalty.
  • SB806: Ex parte requests for investigative services or expert assistance in noncapital cases.
  • SB807: Larceny; subsequent offenses; penalty.
  • SB808: Expungement of police and court records; misdemeanor and felony convictions.
  • SB809: Parole; application of statutes.
  • SB810: Discretionary sentencing guidelines worksheets; use by juries.
  • SB811: Sentencing in a criminal case; bifurcated jury trial.
  • SB812: Telephone privacy protection.
  • SB813: Virginia High Speed Chase Alert Program.
  • SB814: Suspension of driver's license for nonpayment of fines or costs.
  • SB815: Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty.
  • SB816: Minimum wage.
  • SB818: Behavioral health dockets; established.
  • SB819: Drug Treatment Court Act; authorization and availability.
  • SB820: Constitutional amendment; personal property tax exemption for motor vehicle of a disable veteran.
  • SB821: Parole; exception to limitation on the application of parole statutes.
  • SB822: Telephone privacy protection.
  • SB823: Writs of actual innocence.
  • SB931: Income tax, state; subtraction for crime stopper rewards.
  • SB961: Hopewell, City of; amending charter, issuance of bonds.
  • SJ58: Constitutional amendment (second resolution); personal property tax exemption; motor vehicle.
  • SJ59: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications of voters; automatic restoration.
  • HB1988: Campus police departments; reporting of felony criminal sexual assault.
  • HB1989: Motor vehicle title loans, payday loans, and open-end credit plans; caps interest rate.
  • HB1990: Payday lending; prohibition.
  • HB1991: Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; conviction required.
  • HB1992: Elections; absentee voting; no-excuse, in-person.
  • HB1993: Blighted property; locality as receiver.
  • HB1994: Cigarettes; all counties permitted to impose a tax.
  • HB1995: Pawnbrokers; electronic records shall be maintained on each transaction.
  • HB1996: Grand larceny; threshold.
  • HB1997: Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty.
  • HJ627: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights.
  • HJ686: Constitutional amendment; General Assembly, term limits.
  • HR230: Celebrating the life of Damion L. West.
  • HB32: Minimum wage; increases wage from its current federally mandated level.
  • HB116: Traffic light signal photo-monitoring; amends provisions related to implementation of systems.
  • HB117: Paper and plastic bags; imposes tax of five cents on disposable bags used by purchasers, etc.
  • HB153: Writ of actual innocence; based on nonbiological evidence, additional petitions allowed.
  • HB309: General Assembly members; election or appointment to judgeship.
  • HJ3: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference).
  • HJ6: Constitutional amendment; qualifications for members of General Assembly, term limits.
  • HB1353: Absentee voting; persons eligible to vote by absentee ballot.
  • HB1355: Writs of actual innocence; petitions.
  • HB1364: Court-appointed experts; compensation in criminal cases.
  • HB1365: Mental health experts; appointment in criminal cases not involving insanity defense or competency.
  • HB1366: Smoking; unlawful for person to smoke in motor vehicle with minor present, civil penalty.
  • HB1367: Cigarettes; deemed litter for purposes of criminal punishment for improper disposal of trash.
  • HB1371: Reckless driving; removes driving in excess of 80 mph, etc.
  • HB1381: Plastic bags; imposes $0.05 tax beginning 7/1/14 on those used by purchasers to carry certain goods.
  • HB1878: Sources of revenue; establishing and adjusting for appropriations of State and its localities.
  • HB1879: Photo-monitoring systems.
  • HB1880: School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting and determining opening of school year.
  • HB1881: University of Virginia; appointment to Board of Visitors.
  • HB1882: Virginia Public Procurement Act; resident employment and apprenticeship participation.
  • HB2207: Firearms and firearms magazines, certain; unlawful to sell, import, etc., penalty.
  • HB2213: Candidate petitions; review of signatures, appeals.
  • HJ557: Celebrating the life of William Stuart Crabtree, Jr.
  • HJ563: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights to persons convicted of felonies.
  • HB113: School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting and determining opening of school year.
  • HB114: Cigarettes; deemed litter for purposes of criminal punishment for improper disposal of trash.
  • HB115: Smoking in cars with a minor present; civil penalty.
  • HB116: Higher educational institutions; clarifies policies & procedures for violence prevention on campus.
  • HB121: Virginia Housing Trust Fund Authority; created, report.
  • HB122: Drivers licenses; allows military veterans who are at least 21 to have veteran status indicated.
  • HB123: Specialty criminal court dockets; court may establish to address specialized needs of defendants.
  • HB124: Plastic bags; imposes a tax of 20 cents on those used by purchasers.
  • HB797: Handguns; carrying while under influence of alcohol or drugs in a public place, penalty.
  • HB1122: Derelict and blighted buildings; authorizes locality to serve as receiver to repair.
  • HB1232: Virginia Public Procurement Act; resident employment and apprenticeship participation, required.
  • HB1278: Writ of actual innocence; person convicted of felony may petition Supreme Court.
  • HJ17: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights to persons convicted of felonies, etc.
  • HJ23: Employment First initiative; Secretary of Health and Human Resources to develop in State, report.
  • HJ482: Commending Cody Allala.
  • HR76: Celebrating the life of Anthony Joseph Basile.
  • HR77: Commending the Reverend Dr. A. Lincoln James, Jr.
  • HB2339: Smoking in cars with minor present; civil penalty.
  • HB2340: Protective orders; expands class of persons eligible to include those in dating relationship.
  • HB2341: Plastic bags; imposed tax of $0.20 on plastic bags used by purchasers.
  • HB2342: Income tax, state; tax credit for hiring employees with disabilities.
  • HB2343: Handgun; Class 1 misdemeanor for carrying while under influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • HB2344: Cigarette butts; imposes civil penalty for improper disposal for each butt.
  • HB2345: National Guard; eligibility for service.
  • HB2346: Higher educational institutions; compensation of athletic coaches.
  • HB2347: Incarcerated defendant; waiver of payment of interest on fines and costs for certain cases.
  • HB2348: Fertilizer and deicing agents; requires certain localities to regulate sale and application.
  • HB2349: Maximum speed limits; shall be 60 miles per hour where indicated by lawfully placed signs.
  • HB2350: Reckless driving; person driving in excess of 20 mph over speed limit is guilty.
  • HB2351: Writ of actual evidence; allows testing of biological evidence to be conducted.
  • HB2352: Motor fuels tax; rate increase.
  • HB2353: Renewable energy portfolio standard program; investor-owned electric utility, etc., to participate.
  • HJ633: Employment First initiative; Secretary of Health & Human Resources to develop & implement in State.
  • HJ634: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights to persons convicted of felonies.
  • HR66: Commending the Richmond Boys Choir.
  • HB175: Barrier crimes; limits assault-related crimes to felony assault crimes only.
  • HB176: Speed limits; provides for 70 mph on certain portions of I-95 and I-295.
  • HB177: Seasonal tax preparation employees; disqualifies employee from receiving unemployment compensation.
  • HB178: Seasonal or temporary workers; disqualifies employee from unemployment compensation benefits.
  • HB179: Nonpartisan Redistricting Commission Act; created.
  • HB180: Marijuana; loss of driving privilege if convicted for possession in a motor vehicle.
  • HB181: Gift cards; prohibits issuance of those that automatically expire as a result of passage of time.
  • HB182: Incarcerated defendant; waiver of payment of interest on fines and costs accrued.
  • HB183: Expungement of criminal record; allows a person to have his conviction expunged after 10 years.
  • HB184: Petition to vacate finding of guilt of convicted person; upon discovery of new evidence.
  • HB185: Elections; qualified registered voter may vote in person from 14 to three days before election.
  • HB186: Smoking in cars with minor present; civil penalty.
  • HB187: Open-end lending; provides extensions of credit secured by motor vehicle titles, caps interest.
  • HB188: Payday Loans; limiting interest to a maximum annual rate of 36 percent.
  • HB519: Minority Business Enterprise, Department of; enhancement measures for small, women-owned, etc.
  • HB520: Sale of firearms at firearms shows; person who sells 3 or more to be licensed as a firearms dealer.
  • HB521: Plastic bags; bans use by retailers at point of sale unless designed and manufactured for reuse.
  • HB522: Deferred disposition in criminal cases; allows court to dismiss cases other than Class 4 felonies.
  • HB662: Health professions; disciplinary actions.
  • HB793: Criminal confessions; inadmissible unless videotaped.
  • HJ42: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights to persons convicted of felonies, etc.
  • HJ199: Celebrating the life of Staff Sergeant Phillip Myers.
  • HJ433: Commending Emmanuel Episcopal Church on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.
  • HB1809: Consumer Finance Act; open-end loan plans secured by motor vehicle titles.
  • HB1810: Course credit; students called to active military duty may receive full credit.
  • HB1811: Deferred disposition; allows court to defer & dismiss any criminal case other than Class 4 felonies.
  • HB1812: Questioning employees about criminal convictions; prohibits employer from asking about certain.
  • HB1813: Criminal conviction; expungement of record upon showing opportunities for employment are prejudiced.
  • HB1814: Plastic bags; bans use by retailers at point of sale unless designed & manufactured for reuse.
  • HB1815: Questioning employees about criminal convictions; prohibits employer from asking about certain.
  • HB1816: Unemployment benefits; eligibility of seasonal or temporary workers.
  • HB1817: Speed limit; provides for 70 mph speed limit on certain portions of I-95 and I-295.
  • HB1852: Health Professions, Department of; confidentiality of investigations.
  • HB2318: Firearms; any person who sells three or more firearms at show be licensed as a firearms dealer.
  • HB2581: Tuition, in-state; eligibility for Native Americans.
  • HJ663: Windmill turbines; joint subcommittee to study efficacy of generating electricity therefrom.
  • HJ664: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights for certain felons (first reference).
  • HJ717: Native Americans; honoring their contributions to State, etc.
  • HJ1004: Commending Leland D. Melvin.
  • HB1373: Tuition, in-state; eligibility for Native Americans.
  • HB1374: Restricted permit; issuance thereof for license suspension for nonpayment of fines and costs.
  • HB1375: Civil remedial fees; repeals provision for those imposed certain drivers.
  • HB1376: Crimes Against Minors and Sex Offender Registry; use of data by SAVIN.
  • HB1377: Payday lending charges; establishes maximum annual interest rate..
  • HB1378: Incompetent defendants; disposition.
  • HB1379: Public Procurement Act; exempts purchase of product used with distilled spirits intended for resale.
  • HB1568: Transfer of juveniles; consider after-discovered evidence not considered during transfer hearing.
  • HB1569: Deferred disposition; court dismiss any criminal case set forth re deferral & dismissal for crimes.
  • HJ186: Celebrating the life of Roy Otis Brown, Sr.