Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth)

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80: Cities of Chesapeake (part), Norfolk (part), and Portsmouth (part) [map]
Took Office
January 2010
Left Office
June 2019
Copatroning Habits
63% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 85% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 52% of them are Democrats.
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James is the president of a regional workforce development organization. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Hampton University and an MBA from Northwestern University. He is married with two grown daughters.

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These are all of the video clips of Matthew James’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2010. There are 45 video clips in all.


  • HB1889: Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; meetings requirement.
  • HB1890: Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming, penalties.
  • HB1891: Food stamps; eligibility, drug-related felonies.
  • HB1892: Small business procurement enhancement program; established, report.
  • HB2020: Virginia Community College System; certain registered apprenticeships, uniform instruction.
  • HB2021: Va. Investment Performance Grant/Va. Economic Development Incentive Grant Programs; reauthorization.
  • HB2726: Local workforce development boards; career pathways for opportunity youth, report.
  • HJ620: Minimum recycling rate; reduction for municipal solid waste generated within a solid planning unit.
  • HR260: Celebrating the life of Claxton M. Melvin.
  • HB527: Historical African American cemeteries and graves; adds Mt. Calvary Cemetery in City of Portsmouth.
  • HB528: Independent living arrangement; DJJ, placement of certain individuals.
  • HB529: Sales and use tax revenue; distribution to certain localities.
  • HB1452: Regional industrial facility authority; amends enabling statute for creation of an authority.
  • HB1552: Workforce Development, Virginia Board of; strategies to identify and engage certain persons.
  • HJ60: State-owned ports; JLARC to study impact on local governments.
  • HB1591: Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; site and building assessment program, etc.
  • HB1592: Comprehensive community colleges; academic credit.
  • HB1624: Host Cities Economic Development Incentive and Host Cities Transportation Support Funds.
  • HB2392: Virginia Public Procurement Act; preferred procurement method for construction.
  • HJ580: Study; JLARC; impact of state-owned ports on local governments; report.
  • HJ846: Commending the Sentara Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance program.
  • HR324: Celebrating the life of Donald Fitzgerald Reilly.
  • HR400: Celebrating the life of Jean Felton Sharpe.
  • HR401: Celebrating the life of Frank Thaddeus Vaughan, Sr.
  • HB411: Unemployment compensation; part-time employment.
  • HB414: Toll violations at all-electronic toll facilities; administrative fees and period of nonpayment.
  • HB792: Virginia Pathway to Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Act; established, report.
  • HB793: Academic credit; industry credentials.
  • HB802: Veterinary technicians; supervision, reporting of animal cruelty.
  • HB1263: Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business Loan Fund; Va. Small Business Financing Authority.
  • HB1337: Local fiscal stress; task force appointed by Governor to review state mandates imposed on locality.
  • HB1351: Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • HJ77: Study; CTB to study reduction or elimination of tolls on Midtown-Downtown Tunnels in Hampton Rds.
  • HJ78: Resolution; encouraging employers in the Commonwealth to pay their employees a living wage.
  • HR65: Commending the 2016 inductees into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • HB350: Enterprise zones; expands criteria for designation.
  • HB1756: Tourism zones; tax revenues for tourism projects.
  • HB1757: Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business Loan Fund; established.
  • HB1758: Portsmouth, City of; appointment of board of zoning appeals.
  • HB1759: Arrest without warrant; procedures.
  • HB1760: Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission; local representation.
  • HB1761: Portsmouth, City of; amending charter, election of mayor and city council members.
  • HB1842: Performance and incentive grants; review of incentive packages, report, repeals certain provisions.
  • HB1843: Green job creation tax credit; extends sunset provision to January 1, 2018.
  • HB1844: Major business facility; job tax credit to spread over two years per qualified full-time employee.
  • HB1874: Value engineering; separate study/report not required for certain projects.
  • HB2244: Electric utilities, certain; updated integrated resource plans.
  • HB2293: Value engineering; report shall not be required for certain projects.
  • HB2310: Toll violations; increased access to DMV records & other enhanced means of collection of penalties.
  • HJ750: Celebrating the life of James Clement Van Pelt, Sr.
  • HR201: Commending the 2015 inductees into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • HB346: Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995; additional requirements for certain agreements.
  • HB347: Income tax, state; deduction for payment of certain tolls.
  • HB348: Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; expands eligibility for grants.
  • HB349: Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995, etc.; comprehensive agreements.
  • HB350: Enterprise zones; expands criteria for designation.
  • HB351: Downtown Tunnel Construction Relief Grant Fund; established.
  • HB966: Real estate tax; appointment of special commissioner in Portsmouth to execute title to real estate.
  • HB968: Brownfield properties; changes definition of bona fide prospective purchaser.
  • HB1194: Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; establishment of state purchasing program.
  • HJ5059: Commending the Commonwealth Tourism Development Financing Program.
  • HR12: Commending the 2014 inductees into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • HR505: Commending the I.C. Norcom High School boys' basketball team.
  • HB1960: Board for Contractors; necessity for license, commissioning of public works of art.
  • HB1961: Charter; City of Portsmouth.
  • HB1962: Jails; court can adopt regional jail until it can obtain adequate facility.
  • HB1963: Income tax, state; deduction for payment of tolls in qualified locality.
  • HB1964: Voluntary economic growth-sharing agreements; Port of Va. Economic and Infrastructure Develop Zone.
  • HB1965: Portsmouth Port and Industrial Commission; annual report of financial performance.
  • HB1966: Enterprise zones; permits locality to apply for status based on distress factors in area.
  • HB1967: Virginia Jobs Investment Program; eligibility for assistance.
  • HB1968: Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; expands eligibility for grants.
  • HB1969: Contractors, Board for; necessity for license, commissioning of public works of art.
  • HB2087: VA Jobs Investment Program; moves administration of Program to VA Economic Development Partnership.
  • HB2097: Career Pathways System Advisory Council; established, report.
  • HB2258: Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995, etc.; review of proposals.
  • HJ674: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights (first reference).
  • HJ675: Tolls; joint subcommittee to study how VA can mitigate impact on State's disadvantaged citizens.
  • HR111: Commending the 2013 inductees into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • HR130: Tolls; General Assembly to recognize need for mitigation measures for disadvantaged populations.
  • HB839: Defective drywall; redefines term.
  • HB840: Charter; City of Portsmouth.
  • HB841: Major business facility job credits & enterprise zone job creation grants; not allowed for same job.
  • HB842: Business license or land use authorization, local; conditions of issuance.
  • HJ127: Nonviolent felony offenders; VSCC to determine best use of resources for helping those released.
  • HB2284: Jail processing fee; allows sheriff's department, regional jail, or police department to receive.
  • HB2285: Tourism zones; tax revenues for tourism projects.
  • HJ838: Celebrating the life of James L. Smith, Jr.
  • HR77: Commending Horace Seymour Savage, Jr.
  • HB996: Education, Secretary of; name changed to Secretary of Education and Workforce Development.
  • HB1284: Distribution of handbills, etc., on highways; gives local government power to regulate and prohibit.
  • HJ304: Commending the Historical Truxtun Civic League.
  • HJ371: Commending Zion Baptist Church on the occasion of its 145th anniversary.
  • HJ425: Commending the Cavalier Manor Police Community Relations Advisory Committee.
  • HR39: Commending the I.C. Norcom High School boys' basketball team.