Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)

Photo of Dick Saslaw
35: Alexandria City (Part), Fairfax County (Part), Falls Church City (All) [map]
Took Office
January 1980
Next Election
November 2019
Commerce and Labor, Judiciary, Education and Health, Finance and Appropriations, Rules
Copatroning Habits
74% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 66% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 57% of them are Democrats.
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Bills Passed
21.4% in 2019

Serves as the senate majority leader.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Washington Blade: Va. House subcommittee approves nondiscrimination bill

January 24, 2020 | 8:30 pm

Bacon's Rebellion: Payoff Time for Construction Unions

January 24, 2020 | 9:24 am

Roanoke Times: Senate panel kills student censorship bill

January 23, 2020 | 3:12 pm

Roanoke Times: Bills to roll back abortion restrictions adopted under Republican control advance in General Assembly

January 23, 2020 | 2:45 pm

C-VILLE Weekly: In brief: Kaine on Iran, police withdraw cameras, speaking in CODE

January 22, 2020 | 3:55 pm

These are all of the video clips of Dick Saslaw’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 644 video clips in all.


  • SB7: Minimum wage; increases to $10 per hour effective July 1, 2020.
  • SB8: Prevailing wage; public works contracts, penalty.
  • SB9: Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases.
  • SB12: Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty.
  • SB14: Trigger activators; prohibition, penalty.
  • SB16: Assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties.
  • SB18: Firearms; criminal history record information checks, age requirement, penalty.
  • SB21: Abortion; parental consent requirement, ultrasound requirement, hospital regulations.
  • SB22: Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty.
  • SB166: Campaign finance; disbursement of surplus funds, prohibited conversion to personal use.
  • SB182: Project labor agreements; public procurement.
  • SB372: Protective orders; possession of firearms, surrender or transfer of firearms, penalty.
  • SB426: Agreements between private employer and labor or organization; fair share fees.
  • SB427: Employee protection; discharge for protective order prohibited.
  • SB782: Undergrounding electric transmission lines; pilot program.
  • SB784: Transmission lines; relocation and undergrounding.
  • SB890: Transportation; amends numerous laws related to funds, safety programs, revenue sources, etc.
  • SB894: Misclassification of workers; cause of action.
  • SB899: Transit funding; raises the existing regional transportation fee, etc.
  • SB939: Counties, cities, and towns; labor and employment, collective bargaining.
  • SB944: Handheld personal communications devices; holding devices while driving a motor vehicle.
  • SB947: Police and court records; expungement of records, acquittals.
  • SJ2: Constitutional amendment; personal reproductive liberty (first reference).
  • SJ4: Celebrating the life of Alan Arnold Diamonstein.
  • SJ5: United States Constitution; ratifies Equal Rights Amendment.
  • SJ54: Celebrating the life of Adolph Schick.
  • SJ62: Commending the Washington Nationals.
  • SB1162: Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, age requirement, penalty.
  • SB1163: Firearms; trigger activators designed to increase the rate of fire, prohibition, penalty.
  • SB1164: Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty.
  • SB1263: Juveniles; trial as an adult.
  • SB1266: Open-end credit plans; penalty.
  • SB1290: Open-end credit plans; governing law.
  • SB1467: Protective orders; possession of firearms, surrender or transfer of firearms, penalties.
  • SB1496: Installed Solar Energy Equipment Program Grant Fund; created.
  • SB1597: Research and development; changes related to the funding and oversight of initiatives.
  • SB1609: Banks; capital stock.
  • SB1772: Pregnant prisoners; use of restraint.
  • SB1776: Divorce; grounds of cruelty, abuse, desertion, or abandonment, waiting period.
  • SB1777: Restrictive housing; data collection and reporting, Department of Corrections to submit report.
  • SB1786: Geriatric, terminally ill, or permanently physically disabled prisoners; conditional release.
  • SJ269: Celebrating the life of Stacey Visser Dendy.
  • SJ270: United States Constitution; ratifies Equal Rights Amendment.
  • SJ271: Celebrating the life of John Melburn Toups.
  • SR148: Celebrating the life of Alan Bruce Wambold.
  • SB220: Grand larceny; increases threshold amount.
  • SB221: Grand larceny & certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc., to $500.
  • SB284: Electric utilities; solar generation capacity, public interest.
  • SB285: Utility rates; voluntary rate design schedules or riders.
  • SB817: Life insurance; prohibits an insurer form issuing a policy for an individual under 5 years of age.
  • SB856: Mass transit; establishing various Funds to improve transportation.
  • SB933: Health insurance; contracts with pharmacies and pharmacists, etc.
  • SB967: Electric utility regulation; grid modernization, energy efficiency.
  • SJ78: Celebrating the life of Gerald Thomas Halpin.
  • SJ111: Commending Bernard J. Caton.
  • SB406: Consumer finance companies; open-end credit plans, sharing location with motor vehicle title lender.
  • SB429: Creation of the Commonwealth Genomics and Personalized Medicine Authority.
  • SB1109: State-level charitable contribution deductions; elimination of certain deductions.
  • SB1371: Virginia Research Investment Committee; expands role of Committee.
  • SB1372: Consumer finance loans; rate of interest.
  • SB1473: Electric utilities; recovery of costs of undergrounding distribution lines.
  • SB1527: Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program; changes to Program, Commonwealth Award grants.
  • SB1542: Occupational safety and health laws; increases maximum amount of civil penalties.
  • SJ228: Commending Townley Haas.
  • SJ428: Commending the Honorable John William Warner.
  • SB326: Corporate income tax; rate of taxation.
  • SB406: Consumer finance companies; open-end credit plans, sharing location with motor vehicle title lender.
  • SB429: Creation of the Commonwealth Genomics and Personalized Medicine Authority.
  • SB430: Firearms; Terrorist Screening Database check prior to purchase.
  • SB440: Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program; eligibility; use of funds.
  • SB722: Income tax, corporate; apportionment of revenue.
  • SJ55: Celebrating the life of Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Bernard Wisniewski, Jr., USA, Ret.
  • SJ56: Celebrating the life of George Burke.
  • SJ139: Commending the 30th anniversary of elementary school counseling in Virginia.
  • SR88: Commending the Sleepy Hollow Citizens' Association.
  • SB522: Disabled American Veterans Highway; designating as entire length of I495 (Capital Beltway) in Va.
  • SB734: Higher education; reporting of sexual assault, penalty.
  • SB755: Falls Church, City of; amending charter, city boundaries.
  • SB1163: Natural gas utilities; recovery of system expansion infrastructure costs.
  • SB1319: Retail Sales and Use Tax; limited exemption for certain qualifying items, beginning in 2015.
  • SB1379: Higher educational institutions; sexual misconduct policies.
  • SB1393: Pharmacists; compounding of drugs for use in executions.
  • SB1449: Governor's Powering Economic Growth Program; created.
  • SR133: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Dudley J. Emick, Jr.
  • SB361: Elections; provisional ballots, meeting of electoral board following election, adjournment.
  • SB362: Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program; created.
  • SB363: Charter; City of Falls Church.
  • SB521: Suicide; abolishes common-law crime.
  • SB522: Disabled American Veterans Highway; designating as entire length of I495 (Capital Beltway) in Va.
  • SB584: Competitive telephone companies; regulation of local exchange companies, duties.
  • SB585: Electric utility regulation; recovery of costs of new underground distribution facilities.
  • SB611: Automated sales suppression devices; falsifying electronic records, penalties.
  • SJ88: Celebrating the life of Dr. Jerome Karle.
  • SJ89: Commending Dr. Isabella Karle.
  • SB601: Public procurement; requirement that American iron, steel, etc., be used in public works projects.
  • SB1195: Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program; created, sunset provision.
  • SB1197: Virginia Public Procurement Act; contracts for architectural or professional engineering services.
  • SB1198: Charter; City of Falls Church.
  • SB1199: Workers' compensation; injuries to public safety officers.
  • SB1228: Firearms; property or facilities owned or leased by localities.
  • SB1339: Electric utility ratemaking; revises certain incentives & other provisions applicable.
  • SB1340: Revenues and appropriations of State; changes specifically relating to transportation funding.
  • SB1341: Renewable energy facilities, certain; exemption from local zoning and land use regulations.
  • SJ328: Elementary and secondary schools; JLARC to study efficiency and effectiveness of school's spending.
  • SJ350: Celebrating the life of Myron Parsek Erkiletian.
  • SB86: Solicitation of contributions; registration of charitable organizations.
  • SB87: Charter; City of Falls Church.
  • SB488: Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; created, report.
  • SB502: Motor vehicle emissions inspections; privatizes services now provided by DEQ, etc.
  • SB503: Motor vehicle fuels sales tax; transfers administration and collection to DMV.
  • SB533: Virginia Petroleum Products Franchise Act; revises requirements for operation of retail outlets.
  • SB601: Public procurement; requirement that American iron, steel, etc., be used in public works projects.
  • SB643: Health information; Department of Health to establish work group to examine needs related to reform.
  • SB5001: Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on; postpones scheduled expiration date of existence.
  • SJ20: Commending Virginia R. Diamond.
  • SB753: Business, professional, and occupational license (BPOL) tax; administrative appeals process.
  • SB771: Remedies; increases cap on recovery in certain medical malpractice actions.
  • SB1366: Health benefits exchange; intent to develop.
  • SB1367: Motor vehicle title loans; loans to nonresidents.
  • SB1368: Telecommunications services; eliminates certain requirements.
  • SB1469: Medical malpractice; privileged communications of certain committees.
  • SJ361: Constitutional amendment; limitation on debt (first reference).
  • SJ396: Constitutional amendment; limitation on debt (first reference).
  • SJ399: FERPA and HIPAA, federal; urges Congress to restore in loco parentis, etc.
  • SJ439: Celebrating the life of Alan Ivan Kay.
  • SJ440: Celebrating the life of Francois R. Haeringer.
  • SJ492: Celebrating the life of Arthur W. Arundel.
  • SB439: Home service contract providers; exempts those that have certain worth from licensure regulation.
  • SB440: Credit unions; conversion to a state mutual savings institution.
  • SB441: Wireless E-911 charges; establishes rate and procedures for collection and remittance by dealers.
  • SB605: Virginia ports; requires approval of General Assembly before any sale or lease is permitted.
  • SB606: Motor vehicle title loans; establishes requirements, penalties.
  • SJ128: Commending Virginia Task Force 1.
  • SJ129: Commending Howard Kempter.
  • SJ212: Celebrating the life of Sidney A. Reyes.
  • SR8: State Corporation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SR9: Workers' Compensation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SB571: Telephone service; alternatives to regulation.
  • SB1157: Recordation and grantor taxes; penalty for misrepresentation.
  • SB1158: Workers' Compensation; pharmacist filling a prescription to dispense therapeutically equivalent.
  • SB1159: Vehicle safety inspection; extends to 5 business days amount of time person in armed forces has.
  • SB1160: Indoor Clean Air Act; prohibits smoking in all indoor restaurants and bar and lounge areas in State.
  • SB1161: Safety belts; makes non-use of a primary offense.
  • SB1470: Payday lenders; prohibits any person licensed under Payday Loan Act from making open end loan.
  • SB1471: Stormwater control and water or waste systems; allows Governor to disclaim rights, etc., of State.
  • SB1472: Wireless E-911; establishes procedure for collection and remittance of prepaid charges by sellers.
  • SB1532: Motor fuels tax; changes percentage in Northern Virginia.
  • SB1533: Special use permits; extension of expiration dates.
  • SB5003: Evidence, testimonial; procedure notifying defendant of introduction of certificate of analysis.
  • SR29: State Corporation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SR507: Workers' Compensation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SB567: Standards of Quality; increased positions for students having limited English proficiency.
  • SB568: Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program; increases annual assessment for physicians.
  • SB569: University of Virginia; appointments of Board of Visitors.
  • SB570: High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes; revises procedures for enforcing violations.
  • SB571: Telephone service; alternatives to regulation.
  • SB572: Utility Transfers Act; acquisition or disposal of assets or of control of telephone companies.
  • SB573: Limited Liability Company Act; reorganizes provisions thereof.
  • SB574: Virginia's Future, Council on; extends sunset provision.
  • SB575: Electric Utility Restructuring, Commission on; renamed Commission on Electric Utility Regulation.
  • SB576: Credit reports; authorizes consumer to freeze access thereto.
  • SB577: Trademarks and service marks; registration and protection, penalties.
  • SB578: VirginiaShare Health Insurance Program; established, report.
  • SB579: Health, Department of; payment for medical care services.
  • SB713: Motor fuels tax; rate increase.
  • SB728: Motor vehicle dealers; collection of annual license and registration fees in certain localities.
  • SB729: Retail Sales & Use Tax; Northern Virginia Transportation Authority authorized to impose.
  • SB799: Move-over law; drivers must move to lane not adjacent emergency vehicle displaying emergency lights.
  • SB6009: Statewide and regional transportation funding.
  • SJ107: Uranium; joint subcommittee to study mining in State.
  • SJ125: Commending Fairfax County Future Problem Solvers.
  • SJ208: State Corporation Commission; election of member.
  • SJ241: Celebrating the life of Eugene C. Renzi.
  • SR507: Workers' Compensation Commission; nomination for election of member.
  • SB1006: Commonwealth Innovations Incentive Fund; created.
  • SB1007: Law-enforcement facilities; prohibits possession of weapons therein except by officers.
  • SB1008: High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes; revises procedures and penalties involved therewith.
  • SB1009: Civil actions; docketing for trial.
  • SB1010: Line of Duty Act; definition of disabled person to include local employee.
  • SB1011: Business, professional, and occupational license tax (BPOL); motor fuels tax exemption.
  • SB1012: Planning & Budget, Department of; to include real estate costs for development in economic analysis.
  • SB1013: Workers' compensation; alternative dispute resolution systems agreed to in certain agreements.
  • SB1014: Payday Loan Act; SCC to contract with third party to develop Internet accessible database.
  • SB1220: Line of Duty Disability Fund; created.
  • SB1390: Eminent domain; definition of public uses.
  • SB1391: Pharmacy, Board of; membership.
  • SJ452: Commending Chief Michael P. Neuhard.
  • SJ530: Celebrating the life of Adelard Lionel Brault.
  • SB366: T.C. Williams High School; opening 2006 school year.
  • SB369: Domestic relations documents; certain required information be contained in separate addendum.
  • SB370: Cord Blood Bank Initiative; established.
  • SB371: Subdivision ordinance; optional provisions in Fairfax County.
  • SB372: Law-enforcement vehicle; penalty for impersonating or misrepresenting.
  • SB652: Passenger rail transportation liability; limitations.
  • SB666: Public-Private Transportation Act; allocation of concession payments.
  • SB680: Alcoholic beverage control; permissible conduct by manufacturers, and wine or beer wholesalers.
  • SB721: Highway improvements; expands present revenue-sharing fund program.
  • SB5008: Special Transportation Fund for Northern Virginia; established.
  • SJ86: Dulles Toll Road; joint sub. to study desirability of selling or leasing to private operator.
  • SJ239: Commending Inova Fairfax Hospital on the occasion of its 45th anniversary.
  • SJ253: Commending Inova Health System on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
  • SJ5039: Celebrating the life of Helen Lynch.
  • SR31: Resolution; commending the Virginia Union University men's basketball team.
  • SR32: Resolution; commending Peter M. Pufki.