Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)

Photo of Mark Obenshain
Party
Republican
District
26: Harrisonburg City (All), Page County (All), Rappahannock County (All), Shenandoah County (All), Warren County (All), Rockingham County (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2004
Next Election
November 2019
Committees
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Commerce and Labor, Courts of Justice (Chair), Finance, Rules
Website
markobenshain.com
Twitter
@MarkObenshain
Copatroning Habits
70% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 76% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 58% of them are Republicans.
Partisanship
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Bills Passed
28.3% in 2017
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)
Bio

Attorney with Lenhart Obenshain PC. Senate Republican party whip, sharing the duty with Sen. Frank Wagner. Holds degrees from Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee. His father, Richard D. Obenshain, was a major political figure in Virginia throughout the 60s and 70s. His sister, Kate Obenshain Griffin, chaired the Republican Party of Virginia from 2004-6. He is married with two children.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Local lawmakers discuss how General Assembly can affect I-81, internet sales:

June 26, 2018
  WHSVFull coverage

Governor Northam signs public safety legislation:

June 21, 2018
  WINA AM 1070Full coverage

Region: Officials discuss the 'ongoing, growing problem' of I-81:

June 18, 2018
  The Winchester StarFull coverage

'Bittersweet' bills: Governor signs legislation that could save the next girl:

June 27, 2018
  C-VILLE WeeklyFull coverage

Letter: Shouldn't have published mug shot:

June 25, 2018
  Roanoke TimesFull coverage

These are all of the video clips of Mark Obenshain’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 560 video clips in all.

Bills

  • SB516: Public schools; Board of Education to establish regional charter school divisions.
  • SB521: Registered voters and persons voting; reports of persons voting at elections.
  • SB523: Voter identification; electronic pollbooks to contain photographs of voters, effective clause.
  • SB524: Electronic case papers; transmission between district and circuit courts.
  • SB525: Judges; maximum number in each judicial district and circuit.
  • SB526: Trespass; use of an unmanned aircraft system, penalty.
  • SB535: Personal injury claim; disclosure of insurance policy limits.
  • SB536: Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP; duty of in-network providers to submit claims.
  • SB541: Involuntary manslaughter; death of a fetus, penalty.
  • SB542: Surplus lines insurance; establishes criteria for SCC licensing of domestic surplus line insurers.
  • SB544: Prescription drugs; donation of used medicines.
  • SB545: Court reporters or court reporting services provider; prohibited actions, civil penalties.
  • SB546: Broadway, Town of; amending charter, November municipal elections.
  • SB550: Front Royal, Town of; amending charter, extensive updates to outdated provisions and references.
  • SB554: Statewide Fire Prevention Code; installation or use of landscaping cover materials.
  • SB561: Interstate 81; pilot program for right lane restrictions for tractor trucks.
  • SB562: Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund; restitution owed to victims.
  • SB563: Unlawful creation of image of another; incapacitated adult, penalty.
  • SB564: Nonconfidential court records; clerk of court shall make records available to public upon request.
  • SB565: DNA; analysis upon conviction of certain misdemeanors.
  • SB566: Arrests; law-enforcement agency to report, etc.
  • SB567: Agricultural operations; nuisance.
  • SB568: Higher educational institutions, public; federal student loan information.
  • SB784: Building Code; provisions for buildings & structures in rural areas.
  • SB926: Special counsel; contingency fees for those employed by a state agency.
  • SB928: School boards; employment of certain individuals, certain contracts.
  • SB962: Herd shares; written shared herd ownership agreements, requirements, penalty.
  • SB971: Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan; Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop.
  • SB972: Vested rights; owners of property not required to retrofit existing landscape cover materials.
  • SB980: Statewide e-filing system; creating for civil case filings.
  • SB983: Elections; precincts not to be changed between certain dates.
  • SB994: Restitution; probation.
  • SJ209: Commending Karen Darnell Wagner.
  • SJ222: Commending Cheryl Thompson-Stacy.
  • SJ223: Commending Donald Hays Hopson.
  • SR11: Judges; nominations for election to circuit court.
  • SR12: Judges; nominations for election to general district court.
  • SR13: Judges; nominations for election to juvenile and domestic relations district court.
  • SR38: Celebrating the life of Ronald E. Carrier.
  • SR40: Commending Donna Whitley-Smith.
  • SR41: Celebrating the life of James Michael Eastham, Sr.
  • SR52: Commending the Garden Club of Virginia.
  • SR77: Judges; nominations for election to circuit court.
  • SR78: Judges; nominations for election to general district court.
  • SR79: Judges; nominations for election to juvenile and domestic relations district court.
  • SR80: Judges; nominations for election to juvenile and domestic relations district court.
  • SB439: Voter identification; information contained in electronic pollbook.
  • SB447: Attorney General, Offices of; employment of special counsel.
  • SB591: Taxicab services; regulation by localities, background checks.
  • SB733: Income tax, state; annual adjustment for inflation.
  • SB757: Income tax, state; modifies tax by establishing a flat 5.75% tax on all taxable income.
  • SB902: Primary elections; voter registration by political party.
  • SB903: Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.
  • SB904: VWC; permits commissioners and deputy commissioners to carry a concealed weapon.
  • SB945: Examining and approving a statement in lieu of the settlement of accounts; fee for commissioner.
  • SB946: Appeal to Supreme Court; time frame for filing of petition.
  • SB947: Petition for appeal to Supreme Court; time period within which petition must be presented.
  • SB966: Residential rental property.
  • SB1044: Nonconfidential court records; secure remote access, date of birth verification.
  • SB1073: Bridgewater, Town of; amending charter, sets out various powers typically exercised by towns, etc.
  • SB1105: Registered voters and persons voting; reports of persons voting at elections.
  • SB1127: State Water Control Board; stormwater management programs, regulations, professional license.
  • SB1139: Vested property rights; nonconforming uses.
  • SB1153: Inverse condemnation proceeding; reimbursement of owner's costs.
  • SB1173: Vested property rights; nonconforming uses.
  • SB1174: Fines and court costs; community work in lieu of payment.
  • SB1252: Absentee voting; signature verification.
  • SB1253: Voter identification; photograph contained in electronic pollbook.
  • SB1254: Voting machines; Department of Elections shall coordinate post-election risk-limiting audit, report.
  • SB1283: Public schools; Board of Education shall only establish regional charter school divisions.
  • SB1284: Court-ordered restitution; form order, enforcement, noncompliance, etc.
  • SB1285: Restitution; supervised probation.
  • SB1286: Land preservation tax credits; withholding tax of nonresident owners.
  • SB1363: Statewide one-stop online portal for address changes; Secretary of Transportation to study.
  • SB1435: Motor Vehicles, Department of; regulation of property carriers.
  • SB1526: Income-producing realty; income data.
  • SB1533: Antique firearms; possession by nonviolent felons.
  • SJ240: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); charter schools.
  • SJ241: Appointment; Chairman of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission.
  • SJ274: Study; JLARC; Department of Elections; report.
  • SJ373: Commending John W. McCarthy III
  • SJ415: Celebrating the life of Marshall Lee Garst.
  • SR109: Judge; nomination for election to Court of Appeals.
  • SR110: Judges; nominations for election to circuit court.
  • SR111: Judges; nominations for election to general district court.
  • SR112: Judges; nominations for election to juvenile and domestic relations district court.
  • SR113: Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission; nominations for election of members.
  • SR117: Commending Marshall Price.
  • SR118: Celebrating the life of Abram H. Clymer.
  • SR125: Commending the James Madison University football team.
  • SR134: Celebrating the life of Madison Montgomery Shinaberry.
  • SR135: Commending Wanda Willis.
  • SR136: Celebrating the life of Wayne F. Geisert.
  • SR137: Celebrating the life of Caramalita Vicars.
  • SR138: Commending Jack Larry Harris.
  • SR158: Nominating persons to be elected to circuit court judgeships.
  • SR159: Nominating a person to be elected to general district court judgeship.
  • SR160: Nominating persons to be elected to juvenile and domestic relations district court judgeships.
  • SR161: Nominating persons to be elected as members of the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission.
  • SB439: Voter identification; information contained in electronic pollbook.
  • SB446: Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); right to work.
  • SB447: Attorney General, Offices of; employment of special counsel.
  • SB448: Trooper Harry Lee Henderson Memorial Bridge; designating as Interstate 66 bridge in Warren County.
  • SB451: Dayton, Town of; amending charter, election of council.
  • SB478: Eminent domain; reimbursement of costs.
  • SB480: Drug Control Act; Schedule 1.
  • SB482: Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval.
  • SB542: Delinquent sewer charges; lien on property, delinquent charges.
  • SB543: Inverse condemnation proceeding; reimbursement of owner's costs.
  • SB549: Conditional zoning; provisions applicable to certain rezoning proffers.
  • SB589: Education improvement scholarship tax credit program; extends time for disbursement of donations.
  • SB590: When circuit courts open; Judicial Council.
  • SB591: Taxicab services; regulation by localities, background checks.
  • SB733: Income tax, state; annual adjustment for inflation.
  • SB734: Public charter schools.
  • SB735: Local planning commission; action on proposed plat, commercial real estate.
  • SB736: Landscape cover materials; local ordinances concerning installation or use.
  • SB737: Public employers; award of leave from their official duties, penalty.
  • SB757: Income tax, state; modifies tax by establishing a flat 5.75% tax on all taxable income.
  • SJ6: Constitutional amendment (second resolution); charter schools.
  • SJ70: Constitutional amendment; right to work (second reference).
  • SJ127: Constitutional amendment; right to work (submitting to qualified voters).
  • SJ142: Commending the Page County High School softball team.
  • SJ155: Commending Virginia 4-H.
  • SJ198: Commending Myron D. Rummel.
  • SR25: Judge; nomination for election to Court of Appeals.
  • SR26: Judges; nominations for election to circuit court.
  • SR27: Judges; nominations for election to general district court.
  • SR28: Judges; nominations for election to juvenile and domestic relations district court.
  • SR39: Celebrating the life of C. Robert Heath.
  • SR40: Celebrating the life of Allen Ray Ritchie.
  • SR42: Judge; nomination for election to Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • SR62: Commending George Hirschmann.
  • SR74: Nominating a person to be elected as a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • SR81: Nominating persons to be elected to circuit court judgeships.
  • SR82: Nominating persons to be elected to general district court judgeships.
  • SR83: Nominating persons to be elected to juvenile and domestic relations district court judgeships.
  • SR84: Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SR96: Judge; nomination for election to general district court.
  • SR97: Nominating a person to be elected to a juvenile and domestic relations district court judgeship
  • SB455: Emergency custody orders; duration, extension.
  • SB1059: Special counsel; employment by Attorney General or Governor, requirements.
  • SB1060: Primary elections; voter registration by political party.
  • SB1061: Electronic pollbooks; photographs and identifying information for each voter.
  • SB1062: Presidential elections; number of officers of election and ballot scanner machines.
  • SB1063: Charter schools; personnel.
  • SB1064: Administration of estates; liability of heir or devisee for real estate conveyed.
  • SB1065: Cash proffer for residential construction; sunset date.
  • SB1066: Elected offices; term of officer elected to fill vacancy, filling vacancies in U.S. Senate & House.
  • SB1067: Petition for attachment; removes judges from list of persons.
  • SB1100: Enticing, etc., real estate licensee with intent to commit certain felonies; penalty.
  • SB1102: Transportation network companies.
  • SB1174: Cemetery Board; perpetual care trust funds, requirements.
  • SB1182: Health benefit exchange; information on health benefit plans.
  • SB1186: Naloxone; administration in cases of opiate overdose.
  • SB1187: DNA; analysis upon conviction of certain misdemeanors.
  • SB1188: Commercial sex trafficking; penalties.
  • SB1380: Schedule I drugs.
  • SB1450: Privacy Expectation Afterlife and Choices Act; created, undue burden restriction, etc.
  • SJ65: Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds.
  • SJ66: Constitutional amendment; grants Board of Education authority to establish charter schools.
  • SJ255: Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds.
  • SJ256: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); charter schools.
  • SJ335: Celebrating the life of Marvin Bennett Milam.
  • SB453: Human trafficking; penalties.
  • SB454: Sex Offender & Crimes Against Minors Registry Act; amends to add solicitation of prostitution.
  • SB455: Emergency custody orders; duration, extension.
  • SB456: Voting equipment; technical amendments to reflect updates in equipment technology.
  • SB457: Charter schools; participation of personnel in Virginia Retirement System.
  • SB473: Foreign judgments; Uniform Foreign Country Money-Judgments Recognition Act.
  • SB501: Conditions of release on bond; no contact provision.
  • SB578: Permits and approvals, certain; damages for unconstitutional grant or denial by locality.
  • SB594: Controlled substance analogs; regulation by Board of Pharmacy, synthetic cannabinoids, penalties.
  • SB654: Criminal Justice Services, Department of; human trafficking policy.
  • SB655: Involuntary commitment; appeal of order.
  • SJ65: Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds.
  • SJ66: Constitutional amendment; grants Board of Education authority to establish charter schools.
  • SJ67: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ68: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ70: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ107: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ212: Celebrating the life of George Walker Patteson.
  • SJ5009: Celebrating the life of Richard Allen Claybrook, Sr.
  • SB247: Child support; DCE to withhold payments from prisoners who maintain job within Department.
  • SB439: Medical Fraud Control Unit; Attorney General to appoint investigators.
  • SB934: Charter schools, public; allowed to designate whether employees will participate in VRS.
  • SB935: Public schools; change to teacher contracts and evaluation policies.
  • SB938: Multijurisdiction grand jury; additional criminal violations that may investigate.
  • SB957: Electoral boards; meetings.
  • SB958: Voter registration; final day of registration and mail registration application.
  • SB982: Medical reports or records; method for introducing into evidence in general district court.
  • SB983: Expert witnesses; literature designations.
  • SB984: Settlement payment; notification by insurer required.
  • SB985: G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area; conveyance of certain land to Warren County.
  • SB1028: Child support; confidentiality of guidelines worksheets in mediated agreements.
  • SB1072: Elections; electronic pollbooks, photographs.
  • SB1073: Attorney; fees in certain land use cases.
  • SB1074: Student organizations; religious or political organizations may determine core functions, etc.
  • SB1077: Registered voters; citizenship, SAVE Program.
  • SB1173: Computer trespass; penalty.
  • SB1174: Computer crimes; prohibits use of an electronic device to commit.
  • SB1256: Voter identification requirements; photo ID required at polls, application for absentee ballot.
  • SB1292: Human trafficking hotline; posted notices.
  • SB1321: General fund balance; assignment of fund surplus to Transportation Trust Fund at end of fiscal year.
  • SB1335: Concealed handgun permits; confidentiality of permittee information.
  • SB1348: Criminal judgment; appeal based on erroneously admitted evidence.
  • SJ2: Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds (first reference).
  • SJ17: Constitutional amendment; Board of Education authorized to establish charter schools.
  • SJ275: Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds (first reference).
  • SJ302: Constitutional amendment; Board of Education authorized to establish charter schools.
  • SJ322: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ323: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ324: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ381: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ382: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ393: Celebrating the life of Rebecca Beall Jackson Graves.
  • SJ394: Celebrating the life of Henry Clay Clark.
  • SJ397: Celebrating the life of Iva Mary Hopkins.
  • SJ409: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ426: Celebrating the life of John H. Smedley, Sr.
  • SJ432: Celebrating the life of Robert James Sullivan, Jr.
  • SJ433: Celebrating the life of Robert Earl Wetsel.
  • SR29: Auditor of Public Accounts; nomination for election.
  • SB55: Voter identification requirements; revises list of items a voter may show to prove identification.
  • SB56: Elections; party identification on ballots in local elections.
  • SB57: Absentee voting; applications shall be processed 5 days after person registers to vote, exceptions.
  • SB58: Criminal law; redefinition of triggerman rule, penalty.
  • SB59: Injunctions; requirement for bond.
  • SB60: Divorce; failure to respond by defendant.
  • SB158: Admission to bail; notice to State attorney.
  • SB159: Drug trafficking; 3 years shall be mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for subsequent offense.
  • SB240: Constitutional amendment; taking or damaging of private property for public use (voter referendum).
  • SB241: Tax credits; businesses providing assistance to low-income families, etc., in private schools.
  • SB242: Public procurement; state agency agreements with labor organizations.
  • SB243: Charter schools, public; allowed to choose whether its employees will participate in VRS, etc.
  • SB244: Primary elections; adds party affiliation to information an applicant to provide when registering.
  • SB245: Emergency Services and Disaster Law; constitutional rights of citizens to keep & bear arms.
  • SB246: Winter Sports Safety Act; limits liability of ski resorts and other winter sports area operators.
  • SB247: Child support; DCE to withhold payments from prisoners who maintain job within Department.
  • SB248: Employers of domestic service individuals; reporting and paying unemployment insurance taxes.
  • SB249: Marriage ceremonies; performance by a minister commissioned to pastoral ministry.
  • SB250: Small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses; enhancement or remedial measures.
  • SB251: Circuit court clerks; fees charged and collected.
  • SB436: Sex crimes; penalties.
  • SB437: Eminent domain; definitions of lost access and lost profits, determining compensation.
  • SB438: Public schools; teacher contract and evaluation policies.
  • SB439: Medical Fraud Control Unit; Attorney General to appoint investigators.
  • SB440: Charter schools, public; funding and service contracts.
  • SB441: Line of Duty Act; expeditious payment for burial expense for person whose death is in line of duty.
  • SB442: Onsite sewage systems; design and inspection.
  • SB541: Auxiliary police forces; Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish training requirements.
  • SB561: Garnishment, previous; allows costs incurred by judgment creditor are chargeable to judgment debtor.
  • SB574: Forfeited drug assets; redirection of assets to construction of Public Safety Memorial.
  • SB636: Senate Districts; technical adjustments in boundaries.
  • SB637: Virginia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; created, penalty.
  • SJ2: Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds (first reference).
  • SJ3: Constitutional amendment; taking or damaging of private property for public use (second reference).
  • SJ17: Constitutional amendment; Board of Education authorized to establish charter schools.
  • SJ97: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ98: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ99: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ125: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ129: Breast Cancer Awareness Day; designating as February 14, 2012.
  • SJ201: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ207: Celebrating the life of Andrea Lynch Lohr.
  • SJ208: Celebrating the life of Cassandra Olson Scholte.
  • SJ209: Commending the Town of Luray.
  • SJ218: Celebrating the life of John Boyd Noftsinger, Jr., Ed.D.
  • SJ219: Commending the Page County High School baseball team.
  • SJ220: Celebrating the life of Donald Douglas Litten.
  • SJ221: Commending the Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Home.
  • SJ222: Commending the East Rockingham High School girls tennis team.
  • SB806: Expert witnesses; literature designations.
  • SB807: Commercial vehicles; person required to register with Sex Offender & Crimes Against Minors Registry.
  • SB808: Elections; voter identification requirements, absentee voting eligibility and procedures.
  • SB809: Attorney liability to client; removes language from statute authorizing malpractice actions, etc.
  • SB810: Accreditation of schools; delayed implementation of certain statutes and regulations.
  • SB811: License plates, special; issuance to those bearing national motto: IN GOD WE TRUST.
  • SB1194: Income tax, corporate; tax credits for donations to nonprofit organizations providing scholarships.
  • SB1195: Illegal gambling; amends definition.
  • SB1196: Voter registration system; State Board of Elections may share voter information with other states.
  • SB1197: DNA data bank; modifies entities to which Department of Forensic Science may release information.
  • SB1198: Communications intercepts; broadens court jurisdiction of order sought by Attorney General.
  • SB1199: Victims of domestic violence; expands Address Confidentiality Program to all jurisdictions in State.
  • SB1200: Criminal law; redefinition of triggerman rule, penalty.
  • SB1201: Medicaid; JLARC to study feasibility, etc., of withdrawal in favor of state-run program.
  • SB1202: Health benefits exchanges; abortion coverage not permitted.
  • SB1203: Primary elections; political party shall pay costs.
  • SB1204: Cash proffers; allows an award of fees, etc., to prevailing party when contesting certain actions.
  • SB1205: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for sales of nongraded U.S. gold or silver bullion coins.
  • SB1206: Traffic impact analysis; removes certain requirements.
  • SB1207: Unborn children; constitutionally guaranteed rights.
  • SB1208: Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; court order plea.
  • SB1209: Personal jurisdiction or defective process; waiver of objection.
  • SB1210: Motor fuel inspection; affixation of decal showing state and federal taxes.
  • SB1272: Alcoholic beverage control; privatization of ABC stores.
  • SB1273: Minority Business Enterprise, Department of; small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses.
  • SB1274: Court records; secure remote access restrictions do not apply to secure access by attorneys, etc.
  • SB1275: Sexually violent predators; procedure for rescission of respondent's refusal for examination.
  • SB1277: Onsite treatment works; Department of Health oversight of requirements for review.
  • SB1320: Charter schools; allows employees to choose whether to participate in Virginia Retirement System.
  • SB1403: Income tax, corporate; eliminates State's tax for taxable years beginning January 1, 2011.
  • S