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
Counties, Cities and Towns, Finance
Copatroning Habits
61% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 56% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 62% 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 House panel passes tax conformity bill over Republican objections

January 18, 2021 | 3:59 pm

Roanoke Times: No, this bill isn't trying to eliminate snow days for Virginia students

January 14, 2021 | 3:00 am Loved ones remembered on Telford Tree of Light

January 11, 2021 | 3:00 am

Roanoke Times: A look at some of the bills filed by Western Virginia lawmakers

January 9, 2021 | 3:00 am

Roanoke Times: Short session, long to-do list: Virginia General Assembly kicks off Wednesday

January 9, 2021 | 3:00 am

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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 […]

Roanoke County’s Joe McNamara elected to full term in House of Delegates

November 26, 2019
McNamara wins full term

Special election set to choose Habeeb Successor

August 5, 2018
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ House Speaker Kirk Cox has set a November date for a special election for a vacant state House seat. Cox announced Wednesday that the election to fill the spot in the Roanoke-area district will be held Nov. 6. That’s the same date as congressional elections. Republican Del. Greg Habeeb recently announced […]

Roanoke County’s Joe McNamara first candidate to seek to replace Del. Greg Habeeb

August 5, 2018
(Picture Credit Amy Friedenberger Roanoke Times) SALEM, Va. (Roanoke Times) Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara became the first person to announce he will seek the House of Delegates seat being vacated by Del. Greg Habeeb. The longtime supervisor declared his candidacy for the 8th District House of Delegates seat Monday morning at one of the two […]

McNamara to run for 8th District seat in House of Delegates

August 5, 2018
SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) Salem Delegate Greg Habeeb is stepping aside, and the race to replace him is now on. Monday morning, longtime Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara became the first candidate to say he’s running for the 8th district seat. Local Republican leaders joined McNamara for the announcement at his ice cream shop in Salem. […]


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.