Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)

Photo of Jeff McWaters
8: Virginia Beach City (Part)
Took Office
January 2010
Left Office
January 2016
Copatroning Habits
66% of bills he has copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 67% of them are Republicans. Of all of his fellow copatrons of the bills that he copatroned, 59% of them are Republicans.

Elected in a special election, held the night prior to the beginning of the 2010 General Assembly session. The election was held because the incumbent, Sen. Ken Stolle, won the seat of sheriff in Virginia Beach in the November election.

Recent Mentions in the Media

AOL: Priciest home ever in Hampton Roads sold — for $9.5 million

February 17, 2022 | 3:00 am

The Florida Times-Union: United after tragedy, resilient city resists being defined by it

November 20, 2021 | 11:24 pm

ARLnow: New Luxury Motorcoach Connects Pentagon City to Virginia Beach

August 12, 2021 | 3:00 am

Bearing Drift: VPOD: Ken Longo, former Virginia Beach GOP chairman

April 11, 2016 | 3:00 am

Bearing Drift: VPOD: Del. Bill DeSteph

June 3, 2015 | 3:00 am

These are all of the video clips of Jeff McWaters’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2010. There are 59 video clips in all.


  • SB719: Elections; absentee voting by persons age 65 or older.
  • SB773: Psychiatric treatment of minors; objecting minor.
  • SB779: Psychiatric treatment of minors; duration of admission, petition for judicial approval.
  • SB899: Alcoholic beverage control; markups.
  • SB1101: Oysters; marking planting grounds.
  • SB1103: Disposable plastic shopping bags; distribution prohibited, local option.
  • SB1104: Post-adoption services.
  • SB1107: Balloons; prohibits release into atmosphere.
  • SB1165: Farm winery; licensees allowed to manufacture wine containing 21% or less of alcohol by volume.
  • SB1183: Higher educational institutions, four-year; fixed tuition rate.
  • SB1221: Health care institutions; reporting requirements of certain officials.
  • SB1223: Higher educational institutions, four-year public; websites, consumer information.
  • SB1225: Life insurance policies and annuity contracts; proceeds and avails of policies and contracts.
  • SB1227: Telemedicine services; provision of health care services.
  • SB1358: Virginia Port Authority police powers.
  • SB1359: Virginia Port Authority; additional exemptions from the Public Procurement Act.
  • SB1418: Candidate petitions; collection of signatures by electronic means.
  • SB1419: Virginia crab meat; Class 3 misdemeanor for improper labeling.
  • SB1459: Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission; members to allow public comment before vote.
  • SR123: Commending Cary Jarvis.
  • SB178: Alcoholic beverage control; handling of wine and beer tasting fees by sight-seeing carrier.
  • SB179: Mopeds; drivers required to obtain driver's license.
  • SB180: Mature driver motor vehicle crash prevention course; option for court in adjudicating defendants.
  • SB181: Absentee voting and procedures; secure return of voted military-overseas ballots.
  • SB182: Absentee voting; persons age 65 or older on day of an election are entitled to vote absentee ballot.
  • SB183: Newborns; critical congenital heart defect screening, duty of Board.
  • SB184: Minors; admission to mental health facility for inpatient treatment.
  • SB202: Auctioneers; exemption from licensure.
  • SB205: Driver training and road tests; behind-the-wheel examination for persons age 19 or older.
  • SB207: Prescription Monitoring Program; licensed providers of treatment for persons with opiate addiction.
  • SB209: Sand replenishment; sand or other material placed on bottomlands to provide for beach nourishment.
  • SB210: Commercial fishing; suspension of tidal fishing privileges.
  • SB242: Higher education; students' personal information.
  • SB337: Alcoholic beverage control; winery, farm winery, etc., licensee to provide information to consumer.
  • SB359: Banks; bank director's ownership of shares.
  • SB360: Health care policy, group health benefit plan, and health plan; definitions.
  • SB371: Hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses and permits; terms.
  • SB408: Motor vehicle safety inspection; VSP to amend its regulations to include inspection of window tint.
  • SB409: Risk Management, Division of, or transportation district; acknowledgment and resolving of claims.
  • SB410: Conflict of Interests Acts, State and Local Government and General Assembly, lobbyist disclosure.
  • SB411: Children; abandonment by parent or guardian, penalty.
  • SB492: Virginia Jobs Investment Program; changes in administration.
  • SJ34: Recurrent flooding; joint subcommittee established to formulate recommendations to address.
  • SJ115: Celebrating the life of Rear Admiral Norman Venzke, USCG (Ret.).
  • SJ5003: Commending the Princess Anne High School girls' basketball team.
  • SJ5004: Celebrating the life of Mary Caligari Russo.
  • SJ5065: Celebrating the life of Jodi S. Gidley.
  • SB82: Absentee voting; military and overseas voters.
  • SB605: Tuition, in-state; military personnel eligibility.
  • SB824: Hampton Roads Planning District; additional 1% sales & use tax in counties in District.
  • SB872: Transportation Trust Fund; increases percentage portion of general fund surplus that is deposited.
  • SB873: Absentee voting; persons age 65 and older on day of an election are entitled to vote absentee.
  • SB874: Absentee voting and procedures; secure return of voted military-overseas ballots.
  • SB925: Retail Sales & Use Tax; increases amount of revenue dedicated to Transportation Trust Fund.
  • SB926: Wetlands; governmental activity.
  • SB1005: Handheld personal communications devices; using while driving on bridge or tunnel, primary offense.
  • SB1007: Mopeds and motorized skateboards and scooters; licensure and age requirements of operators.
  • SB1011: Clinical social workers; educational requirements for licensure.
  • SB1088: Medicaid; coordinated long-term care.
  • SB1120: Business Assistance, Department of, et al.; marketing campaign.
  • SB1127: Alcoholic beverage control; operation of contract winemaking facilities.
  • SB1131: Charter schools, public; applications.
  • SB1134: VA Jobs Investment Program; moves administration of Program to VA Economic Development Partnership.
  • SB1137: SCC; integration of processes and forms by June 30, 2018, into Business Permitting Center, report.
  • SB1138: Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority; established, report.
  • SB1350: Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; created, report.
  • SB1351: Virginia Port Authority; reform by adding Chief Executive Officer to Board of Commissioners.
  • SJ69: Judges; Virginia State Crime Commission to study mandatory retirement age.
  • SJ85: Income tax, corporate; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study phase-out of tax.
  • SJ297: Love the Bus Month; designating as February 2013, and each succeeding year thereafter.
  • SJ298: Commending the City of Virginia Beach.
  • SB80: Virginia Beach, City of; concurrent jurisdiction over adjoining waters.
  • SB81: Accident and sickness insurance; coverage for hospitalization and anesthesia for dental procedures.
  • SB82: Absentee voting; military and overseas voters.
  • SB83: VIEW; screening and assessment of public assistance recipients for use of illegal substances.
  • SB348: Agency Effectiveness Review Commission; established, report.
  • SB349: Child-placing agency; shall not be required to participate in placement of child for foster care.
  • SB485: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Fund; established.
  • SB603: Driver's licenses; allows suspension of or refusal to renew of prisoners who do not pay fees.
  • SB604: Alcoholic beverage control; privileges of brewery licensees.
  • SB605: Tuition, in-state; military personnel eligibility.
  • SB686: Electronic titling program; allows DMV to establish for new motor vehicles.
  • SJ18: Commending the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.
  • SJ68: Virginia Department of Transportation; JLARC to study efficiency of Department.
  • SJ69: Judges; Virginia State Crime Commission to study mandatory retirement age.
  • SJ85: Income tax, corporate; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study phase-out of tax.
  • SJ108: Celebrating the life of Peter Davis Coe.
  • SJ109: Celebrating the life of William Francis Rountree, Jr.
  • SJ120: Commending the First Colonial High School field hockey team.
  • SJ171: Commending Julie Ball.
  • SJ187: Celebrating the life of Bishop Barnett Karl Thoroughgood.
  • SJ5009: Commending Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • SR504: Celebrating the life of Carlos F. Wilson.
  • SR512: Celebrating the life of Harold Shipp Whitehurst.
  • SB697: Medicaid; DMAS to continue efforts to expand managed care of recipients throughout State.
  • SB733: License tax, state; credit for investment in small business investment companies.
  • SB1278: Airports and landing areas; provides for removal of natural growth at grandfathered airports.
  • SB1279: Tuition, in-state; eligibility for spouse of an active duty military service member.
  • SB1280: Boards, commissions, and councils; makes policy improvements and clarifications.
  • SB1281: Commercial drivers licenses; revises statutes for issuance of overweight and oversize permits.
  • SB1282: Income tax, state; barge and rail usage tax credit.
  • SB1283: Year-end surplus of general fund balance; changes priority of assignment.
  • SB1284: Real estate lending; creditworthiness of victims of Chinese drywall.
  • SB1285: Highway contractors; state taxes paid to be dedicated for transportation purposes.
  • SB1286: Medicaid; DMAS to continue efforts to expand managed care of recipients throughout State.
  • SB1287: Jails; localities responsibility to pay jail expenses.
  • SB1288: Electronic Work Verification Program, federal; public contractors to register.
  • SB1289: Tuition; eligibility for in-state veterans who elect to establish Virginia residence.
  • SB1290: Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway; designating as I-664 and I-264 in Hampton Roads Highway District.
  • SB1291: Continuing care retirement community; no less than 20% of board shall be residents of facility.
  • SB1292: Alcoholic beverage control; consumption of lawfully acquired wine at licensed establishments.
  • SB1365: Virginia small business investment companies; state insurance license tax credit.
  • SB1394: State sales & use tax revenue; dedicates portion for transportation projects in Hampton Roads, etc.
  • SJ507: Commending Robert M. Stanton.
  • SB693: Major business facility job tax credit; reduces threshold amount of jobs that must be created.
  • SB694: Budget bill; Governor to provide for additional appropriations to Transportation Trust Fund.
  • SB695: Public Procurement Act; cooperative procurement.
  • SB696: HOV lanes; allows certain military personnel to use in Hampton Roads regardless of passengers.
  • SB697: Medicaid; DMAS to continue efforts to expand managed care of recipients throughout State.
  • SB733: License tax, state; credit for investment in small business investment companies.
  • SJ164: Philanthropy and private foundations; recognizing and encouraging formation & creation of entities.
  • SJ214: Commending Paul J. Lanteigne.
  • SJ233: Commending the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation.
  • SJ245: Commending Will Mason.
  • SJ246: Celebrating the life of Jeremy Jason Wise.
  • SJ247: Celebrating the life of J.A.G. Parrish.
  • SJ248: Commending Elizabeth DiJulio.
  • SJ249: Commending Amanda C. Ash.