Delegate Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)

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12: Counties of Giles, Montgomery (part), and Pulaski (part); City of Radford [map]
Took Office
January 2012
Next Election
November 2017
Education, General Laws, Health, Welfare and Institutions
Copatroning Habits
78% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 55% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 71% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
42.9% in 2016
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)
Recent Mentions in the Media

WSLS: Giles celebrates 100-year-old historic covered bridge

October 9, 2016
Delegate Joseph Yost who chairs the Giles County historical society will make opening remarks. The event featuring food, music and handmade items to purchase is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Newport at the site located near the Newport Recreation Center ...

Roanoke Times: Pearisburg Del. Joseph Yost cheers passage of hemp bill

February 17, 2015
Jim Politis (left) displays hemp stalks during a General Assembly hearing earlier this year as Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, looks on. The state legislature approved hemp legislation ? a cause Politis fought to achieve for years. Politis has been ...

PolitiFact: Yost says one-third of Millennials live with parents

February 23, 2015
Del. Joseph Yost, 28, recently told the House of Delegates that his generation is "ready for a serious conversation about the future of our state." But before the dialogue can begin, the Montgomery County Republican told fellow lawmakers, "you have to ...

Roanoke Times: Buchwald tries to chip away at Yost's bipartisan reputation

October 26, 2015
Buchwald tries to chip away at Yost's bipartisan reputationStill, there were sparks as Del. Joseph Yost, the two-term incumbent Republican of Pearisburg, defended his record last week from criticism by his opponent, Democratic challenger and former Radford city Councilwoman Laurie Buchwald, and from gun ...and more »

Roanoke Times: Yost retains seat in 12th District

November 3, 2015
Republican Joseph Yost again showed his grip on the 12th District, easily keeping his seat Tuesday after scoring key endorsements and racking up an overwhelming fundraising advantage. Winning a third term by a larger margin than in either of his prior ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Joseph Yost’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2012. There are 32 video clips in all.


  • HB582: Criminal defendants; evaluation for insanity or competence.
  • HB583: Peer providers; Commissioner of BHDS to certify individuals in accordance with regulations.
  • HB584: Deer; any city or town may, by ordinance, prohibit feeding deer within its jurisdiction, penalty.
  • HB585: General registrars; appointment from adjoining locality.
  • HB586: Health regulatory boards; confidentiality of certain information obtained by boards.
  • HB740: Federal Rehabilitation Act and Older Americans Act; amends certain language in Code.
  • HB764: Virginia Behavioral Health Practitioner Student Loan Repayment Fund and Program; created.
  • HB1118: Natural gas companies; right of entry upon property.
  • HB1203: Real property tax; exemption for disabled veterans and spouse of a service member killed in action.
  • HB1360: Bicycles; helmets required to be worn by riders less than 18 years of age.
  • HJ75: Commending Frank M. Beamer.
  • HJ126: Commending Penelope Ward Kyle.
  • HJ161: Inclusive education practices pilot program; Division of Special Education of DOE to study.
  • HJ315: Commending Marc Edwards.
  • HB881: Electric utility regulation; renewable energy portfolio standard program, etc.
  • HB1277: Industrial hemp; production and manufacturing.
  • HB1378: Real property tax; notice of assessments.
  • HB1417: House of Delegates districts; technical adjustments.
  • HB1428: Senate districts; adjustments.
  • HB1473: General registrars; appointment from adjoining locality.
  • HB1694: Temporary detention order; custody.
  • HB1695: Health regulatory boards; powers and duties, health care practitioners with mental illness.
  • HB1710: Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Trust Fund; use of funds.
  • HB1711: Real property tax; nonjudicial sale of certain tax-delinquent property.
  • HB2031: Health insurance; updating maximum allowable cost pricing lists.
  • HB2194: Immunizations; meningococcal vaccine.
  • HB2219: Utility-scale solar energy facilities; construction of facilities to be in the public interest.
  • HB2324: Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy Fund; created, additional fee for certain convictions.
  • HB2348: Cigarette tax, local; Montgomery and Pulaski Counties authorized to impose.
  • HB2349: Character education; summer youth development academies.
  • HJ586: Public elementary schools; voluntary mental health screenings for students.
  • HJ730: Commending the Mt. Tabor Ruritan Club.
  • HJ731: Commending Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.
  • HJ732: Commending New River Community Action.
  • HJ779: Commending the Palisades Restaurant.
  • HJ834: Commending Robert Simpkins.
  • HJ835: Commending Frances Rice.
  • HJ836: Commending Bess Pierce, D.V.M.
  • HJ837: Commending Joseph Sheffey.
  • HJ920: Commending the Giles High School football team.
  • HB241: Temporary detention; time during which a person may be held, 48 hours notice to leave facility.
  • HB242: Emergency custody orders; duration, extension.
  • HB243: Temporary detention order; facility of detention.
  • HB463: State health plan; participation by employees of local school divisions.
  • HB469: Physically disabled or socially isolated persons; penalty for financial exploitation.
  • HB471: Mentally incapacitated persons; penalty for financial exploitation.
  • HB495: Sewer & water connections, mandatory; adds Montgomery County to list of localities that may require.
  • HB496: Assault and battery; of campus police, penalty.
  • HB499: Real property tax; nonjudicial sale of certain delinquent property.
  • HB500: Audiology; adds limited cerumen management to definition of practice.
  • HB574: Mandatory outpatient treatment; acknowledgement of transfer & receipt of order within 5 days.
  • HB587: College campus police and security departments; DCJS to identify minimum core operational functions.
  • HB773: Tanning facilities; use of tanning devices by persons under age 18.
  • HB868: Geriatric prisoners; conditional release, after offense, etc., person subject to protective order.
  • HB874: Drugs; designation and reporting those of concern.
  • HB879: Electric utility regulation; net energy metering by municipalities, etc.
  • HB880: Securities Act; Invest in Virginia Exemption.
  • HB881: Electric utility regulation; renewable energy portfolio standard program, etc.
  • HB883: Fair Housing Law; unlawful discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • HB998: Prescription Monitoring Program; reporting requirements.
  • HB1113: Adoption; person other than spouse of a parent may adopt child.
  • HB1204: Investigation of alleged child abuse and neglect; agreements with school divisions.
  • HB1205: Student teachers; fingerprinting, criminal history records check, and child abuse and neglect data.
  • HJ102: Virginia Tech; updating 2010 report on veterans.
  • HJ105: Commending Gerald W. Duncan.
  • HJ116: Commending Wendell Flinchum.
  • HJ167: Historic Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg; designating as Birthplace of Virginia Governors.
  • HJ168: Commending the Blacksburg High School boys' soccer team.
  • HJ171: Commending Dr. Charles W. Steger.
  • HJ319: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.
  • HJ5141: Commending the Pembroke Ruritan Club.
  • HR68: Commending Kim Crannis.
  • HB1356: Health insurance; local government employees eligibile to participate in state employee plan.
  • HB1379: Law-Enforcement Assistance Program; DCJS to develop a peer-counseling program.
  • HB1380: Assault and battery; includes campus police officers within enhanced penalty provision.
  • HB1449: Alcoholic beverage control; mixed beverage licenses for certain properties.
  • HB1463: Tramadol; adds to list of Schedule IV controlled substances.
  • HB1464: Coal miners; designating April 13 of each year as day of recognition.
  • HB1537: Student teachers & student teacher supervisors; fingerprinting, criminal history records check, etc.
  • HB1538: Virginia Code Commission; periodic review of Code of Virginia.
  • HB1623: Child sexual abuse cases; prior sex offenses against children admissible in evidence.
  • HB1666: Professional counselors; licensure.
  • HB1680: Temporary detention orders; increases maximum duration person may be detained from 48 to 72 hours.
  • HB1681: Child labor permits; transfers task of issuing from public school superintendents to DOLI.
  • HB2216: Local boundaries for law-enforcement; organizing for purpose of 911 dispatch and response.
  • HB2345: School Safety, Va. Center for; development of model critical incident response training program.
  • HJ583: Commending Richard E. Sorensen.
  • HJ768: Coal Miners Day; designating as April 13, 2013, and each succeeding year thereafter.
  • HB851: Higher education; establishing violence prevention committees and threat assessment teams.
  • HB852: Higher educational institutions; may require any accepted student provide complete record.
  • HB853: Suicidal students; higher educational institutions shall develop policies addressing.
  • HB854: Drug treatment court; established in County of Montgomery.
  • HB855: Nuisance species; definitionto include coyotes and feral swine.
  • HB856: Critical incident stress management teams; privileged information regarding criminal acts, etc.
  • HB857: Bicycles; Town Council of Blacksburg to permit operation in either direction on one-way streets.
  • HB858: Tramadol; added to list of Schedule IV controlled substances.
  • HB1142: Charter; Town of Glen Lyn.
  • HB1179: Public schools; providing character education program during regular school year or summer.
  • HJ5007: Commending Fran Rooker.
  • HR588: Celebrating the life of Staff Sergeant Brandon F. Eggleston.