Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke)

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8: Counties of Craig, Montgomery (part), and Roanoke (part); City of Salem [map]
Took Office
November 2018
Next Election
November 2019
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Copatroning Habits
60% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 73% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 61% of them are Republicans.
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Joe McNamara is a CPA and owner of an ice cream shop in Salem. He holds a BS in accounting from the University of Virginia. He served on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors from 1996–2018, when he won a special election for his House seat. McNamara and his wife, Cheryl, have five children.

Recent Mentions in the Media

The Roanoke Star: South Roanoke Neighborhood Association Holds City Council Candidate Forum

August 30, 2022 | 3:00 am

KGNS: WWI practice bombs found at construction site, sheriff says

August 16, 2022 | 3:00 am

City of Salem, VA (.gov): Carver Librarian Wins Statewide Virginia Lottery Award

June 10, 2022 | 3:00 am

The Washington Post: Opinion | Three things to watch in Virginia

May 18, 2022 | 3:00 am

Roanoke Times: Roanoke and New River valleys' delegates: Va. state budget deal coming soon

May 17, 2022 | 3:00 am

From the Legislator’s Website

VPBA Announces VA-08 Endorsement

July 16, 2021

McNamara Provides Tax Relief to Struggling Virginians

March 9, 2021
Delegate Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke), working alongside Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) and Senator Steve Newman (R-Bedford), reached a bipartisan compromise on tax conformity during the 2021 General Assembly session. This will deliver up to $221 million in tax relief for individuals and businesses in the 8th District and across the Commonwealth — despite a Democrat-controlled legislature […]

McNamara Legislation Helps Schools Respond to Emergencies

March 9, 2021
ROANOKE, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam signed the “Remote Learning” bill this week, which allows unscheduled remote learning during inclement weather and emergency situations that prevent in-person learning. Delegate Joe McNamara, who represents parts of the Roanoke and New River valleys, introduced the bill to the House of Delegates, and state Sen. David Suetterlein, who […]

Joe McNamara Delivers PPP Loan Forgiveness to Small Businesses

February 17, 2021
Delegate Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke), in one of his biggest legislative accomplishments of the 2021 session, led the way to reach a bipartisan deal that will provide a deduction cap of up to $100,000 for businesses who received PPP Loan Forgiveness. This will provide full PPP Loan forgiveness for 81% of businesses in Virginia.

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December 31, 2020

McNamara and Head call for in-person session

November 12, 2020
Republican lawmakers call for in-person session, when General Assembly reconvenes By Joe Dashiell Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 8:03 PM EST|Updated: 18 hours ago ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Two Republican lawmakers from western Virginia say they plan to be in Richmond when the General Assembly reconvenes. And they are calling for the House of Delegates to hold […]

McNamara: Democrats Continue to Leave Leadership Vaccuum

August 27, 2020
Tomorrow, August 18, 2020, The Virginia General Assembly will convene for a Special Session. It will mark nearly five months since the legislature has met. During this time, Virginia has weathered the worst pandemic in a century, a severe economic recession, and mounting civil unrest. People are unemployed, public schools face uncertainty as they attempt […]

McNamara Defends Small Business

January 27, 2020
Del. Joe McNamara defends small businesses and workers by opposing changes to wage laws.

McNamara breaks down average Virginia Teacher Salary

December 3, 2019
“NORFOLK — To help lawmakers tackle a bipartisan goal of raising teacher pay, state budget staff tried to untangle for them exactly what the average teacher’s pay is in the state. The takeaway: There are different ways to calculate that number, but it’s clear some districts fall far below any of those averages while others easily […]

Joe McNamara on working in a “flipped” General Assembly

December 3, 2019
  Radio Interview: 8th district Republican delegate Joe McNamara earned his first full 2-year term to the General Assembly tonight after winning a special election last November. McNamara topped Democrat challenger Darlene Lewis. Before the General Assembly session reconvenes in January,  Before it was confirmed that Democrats had flipped both the House of Delegates and […]


  • HB90: Sales tax; exemption for food purchased for human consumption & essential personal hygiene products.
  • HB106: Income tax, state; rolling conformity, report.
  • HB267: Taxes, local; surplus revenues.
  • HB273: Income tax, state; subtractions and deductions related to Paycheck Protection Program loans.
  • HB274: Sales and transient occupancy taxes; broadens definition of accommodations intermediaries.
  • HB289: Income tax, state; indexing brackets and exemptions.
  • HB295: Income tax, corporate; reduces tax from its current rate.
  • HB296: Minimum wage; clarifies definition of wages.
  • HB297: Regional fuels tax; suspends the imposition of any tax.
  • HB472: Income tax, state; increases standard deduction.
  • HB791: Data centers; center fixtures are taxed as part of the real property where they are located, etc.
  • HB1076: Cigarette tax, local; identifying unsold inventory, localities that increase taxes.
  • HB1121: Income tax, state; pass-through entities, elective tax.
  • HJ6: Daylight saving time; Secretary of Commerce and Trade to study the effects on the Commonwealth.
  • HJ119: Commending Derek Wray.
  • HJ245: Celebrating the life of Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class James P. Buriak, USN.
  • HB49: Students with disabilities, certain; feasibility of educational placement transition.
  • HB1787: Income tax, state; establishes an exclusion for Paycheck Protection Plan loan forgiveness.
  • HB1788: Income tax, state; rolling conformity with the Internal Revenue Code.
  • HB1789: Auditor of Public Accounts; audits of certain political subdivisions.
  • HB1789: Auditor of Public Accounts; audits of certain political subdivisions.
  • HB1790: Public schools; severe weather conditions and other emergency situations.
  • HB1790: Public schools; severe weather conditions and other emergency situations.
  • HB1791: Assault and battery or threats of bodily injury; sports official, penalty.
  • HB1792: Contractors, Board for; exemption from licensure for work on state-owned emergency power generators.
  • HJ541: Daylight saving time; Secretary of Commerce and Trade to study the effects on the Commonwealth.
  • HJ770: Celebrating the life of Robert George Wingfield.
  • HJ770: Celebrating the life of Robert George Wingfield.
  • HR336: Celebrating the life of Joseph Charles LaRocco.
  • HR531: Celebrating the life of Gary Douglas Creed.
  • HR795: Commending the Salem High School football team.
  • HR796: Commending the Eastern Montgomery High School girls' soccer team.
  • HB48: Income tax, state; rolling conformity with the federal Internal Revenue Code.
  • HB49: Students with disabilities, certain; feasibility of educational placement transition.
  • HB89: Income tax, state; increases the standard deduction from Virginia taxable income.
  • HB112: High school graduation; standard diploma requirements, etc.
  • HB130: Motor vehicle safety inspection program; abolishes the state program.
  • HB222: Human Resource Management, Department of; total compensation statement.
  • HB223: Education, Department of; recommendations for improving civic education.
  • HB302: Litter tax; repeals annual tax.
  • HB5002: Income tax, state; subtraction for Paycheck Protection Plan loan forgiveness.
  • HB5003: Litter tax; refunds for penalties for late payments.
  • HR68: Commending Joseph Dashiell.
  • HR69: Commending Diana Christopulos.
  • HR576: Commending Dr. Fred and Carolyn Eichelman.
  • HB1980: Income tax, state; conformity, increase in standard deduction.
  • HB2046: Elections; form of ballot, ballot order.
  • HB2327: DPOR; unlicensed practice, cease and desist notices.
  • HB2328: Virginia Public Procurement Act; proscribed subcontracting by certain small businesses.
  • HB2481: Virginia Retirement System; authorizes localities to opt out of group insurance program.