Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)

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23: Campbell County (Part), Bedford City (All), Botetourt County (All), Craig County (All), Bedford County (Part), Roanoke County (Part), Lynchburg City (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 1996
Next Election
November 2019
Commerce and Labor, Education and Health (Chair), Finance, Rules, Transportation
Copatroning Habits
69% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 66% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 57% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
16.7% in 2018

Senate Republican caucus chairman.

Recent Mentions in the Media

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WSLS 10: Hurst says Republicans shouldn't have ended special session

July 10, 2019 | 3:00 am
  Virginia lawmakers are now looking ahead to the November election and gun rights will likely remain a key topic. Democratic Delegate Chris Hurst, who ...

WSLS 10: Republicans execute secret plan to end gun control special session

July 9, 2019 | 3:00 am
  Gun law discussions in Virginia are now on hold after Republicans called off Tuesday's special legislative session, which Democrats scheduled to respond to ...

Lynchburg News and Advance: Photos: Independence Day Celebration at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

July 5, 2019 | 5:37 am
  Kids play with wooden guns at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest during the Independence Day celebration at the historic site in Bedford County on J.

These are all of the video clips of Steve Newman’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 278 video clips in all.


  • SB364: Motor vehicle liability insurance; increases minimum liability coverage amount.
  • SB367: Stormwater; localities to provide for partial waiver of service charges for management at airports.
  • SB370: Prescription drugs; delivery of orders.
  • SB761: Law-enforcement officers; training, reimbursement of costs.
  • SB1212: Water improvement districts; assessment of service charge, referendum.
  • SB1213: School and Campus Safety, Virginia Center for; threat assessment, case management tool.
  • SB1214: School boards; local law-enforcement agencies, memorandums of understanding.
  • SB1215: School safety procedures; emergency situations, annual training.
  • SB1216: All-Payer Claims Database; penalty.
  • SB1217: Nursing homes; truth in advertising for inspections, surveys, and investigations.
  • SB1218: Public high schools; Standards of Learning assessments.
  • SB1219: Contractors, Board for; revision of regulations.
  • SB1220: School crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plans; development and review.
  • SB1346: Electric cooperatives; rates.
  • SB1347: Commercial vehicles; training and testing.
  • SB1348: Energy career cluster; Department of Education, et al., to establish, report.
  • SB1728: Standards of Learning Innovation Committee; repeals the Committee.
  • SB1739: Income tax, state; conformity of tax code to federal code.
  • SB1778: Counseling minors; certain health regulatory boards to promulgate regulations.
  • SB1787: Motor vehicle insurance; compliance verification by DMV.
  • SJ320: Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
  • SJ321: Commending the Liberty University School of Aeronautics.
  • SJ337: Commending the recipients of the 2019 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards.
  • SJ353: Commending Michael J. Brown.
  • SR98: Commending Rodney A. Robinson.
  • SB363: Delegate Lacey E. Putney Memorial Highway; designating certain portion of U.S. Route 221.
  • SB364: Motor vehicle liability insurance; increases minimum liability coverage amount.
  • SB367: Stormwater; localities to provide for partial waiver of service charges for management at airports.
  • SB368: Education preparation programs; reading specialists, dyslexia.
  • SB369: All-Payer Claims Database; participation by certain insurers.
  • SB370: Prescription drugs; delivery of orders.
  • SB738: Public Elementary and Secondary Education, Commission on the Future of; established, report.
  • SB760: Online Va. Network Authority; adds Chancellor of Va. Community College System to board of trustees.
  • SB761: Law-enforcement officers; training, reimbursement of costs.
  • SB945: Operation of dealership or service facility; manufacturers.
  • SB965: Electric utility regulation; rate review proceedings, Transitional Rate Period, etc.
  • SB969: SOL; verified credit.
  • SJ59: Dyslexia; study for identification of & interventions in public schools.
  • SJ62: Public elementary and secondary education; joint committee to study the future in the Commonwealth.
  • SJ79: Commending the Liberty University School of Aeronautics.
  • SJ114: Commending Michelle Cottrell-Williams.
  • SJ136: Commending the recipients of the 2018 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards.
  • SJ154: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Lacey E. Putney.
  • SB561: Certificates of public need.
  • SB1097: James River; designating additional segment as a scenic river.
  • SB1098: Standards of Quality; standards for accreditation in public schools.
  • SB1099: Standards of Quality; assessments terms.
  • SB1100: New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program; reporting by SCHEV on Program.
  • SB1101: Filing and application fees for transportation network companies.
  • SB1364: Property and bulk property carriers; regulation, combines authorities.
  • SB1366: Transportation network company partner; vehicle registration repeal.
  • SB1414: Students receiving home instruction; participation in AP and PSAT/NMSQT.
  • SB1416: Investment of Public Funds Act; investment of public funds in Virginia Investment Pool Trust Fund.
  • SB1417: Commercial air service plan; Virginia Aviation Board shall develop and review.
  • SB1551: Central Virginia Training Center; closure prohibited without General Assembly authorization.
  • SB1552: Ballots; number ordered to be printed.
  • SB1556: Education, Board of; graduation requirements.
  • SJ273: Commending Centra Rivermont Schools.
  • SJ300: Senate Committee on Rules; confirming appointments.
  • SJ351: Commending the recipients of the 2016 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards.
  • SJ433: Commending Nancy Oliver Gray.
  • SR129: Celebrating the life of Eugene H. Farley, Jr.
  • SB544: Concealed handgun permits; exemption includes any judge or justice of the Commonwealth.
  • SB561: Certificates of public need.
  • SB657: Lobbyist reporting; disclosure of certain persons attending entertainment events prohibited.
  • SB658: Motor vehicle registration; exemptions.
  • SJ97: Commonwealth's aerospace industry; Virginia Economic Development Partnership to study.
  • SJ161: Commending the recipients of the 2016 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards.
  • SB475: Court costs; collection at DMV customer service centers.
  • SB776: Physical therapy; certain experience and referrals required to practice.
  • SB777: General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; gift-free legislator, penalty.
  • SB778: Motor fuels; vehicles hauling certain fuels during times of necessitous circumstances, report.
  • SB959: Medicine Board of; supervised clinical training licensure.
  • SB1003: Off-road motorcycles converted to on-road use; titling and registration requirements, penalty.
  • SB1244: Chiropractors; expands scope of practice.
  • SB1259: Salvage, nonrepairables, and rebuilt vehicles; requirements and practices of certain dealers.
  • SB1262: Health insurance; carrier business practices.
  • SB1300: Northern Virginia Training Center; prohibition of closure.
  • SB1340: School board clerks; electronic maintenance of records.
  • SB1411: Court costs; agreement with DMV authorizing collection of payment.
  • SJ225: Celebrating the life of Major Michael Donahue, USA.
  • SJ349: Commending Courtney Paige Garrett.
  • SJ350: Commending Steve Farmer.
  • SB89: Virginia Retirement System; disability program for hybrid retirement plan participants.
  • SB126: Acute psychiatric bed registry; DBHDS to establish.
  • SB127: Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual license tax.
  • SB131: School calendar; continuing waivers.
  • SB135: License plates; repeals issuance to members of certain armed forces.
  • SB136: Training center residents; quality of care.
  • SB344: Senate districts; technical adjustment.
  • SB406: Insurance companies; permitted investments in foreign securities.
  • SB407: Local Mandate Review, Governor's Task Force for; task force to review state mandates.
  • SB465: Opportunity Educational Institution; supervision of schools.
  • SB475: Court costs; collection at DMV customer service centers.
  • SB477: Health benefit plans; exception for certain plans previously approved, waiver for navigator program.
  • SB624: Emergency care; school board employees that render certain care shall not be liable for negligence.
  • SB627: Training center residents; DBHDS to ensure resources available prior to transfer to another center.
  • SJ210: Celebrating the life of Lawrence Garnell Stamps, Sr.
  • SB336: All-terrain and utility vehicles; expands definition.
  • SB339: Advertising & advertisements; allows running animation on structures.
  • SB341: Income tax, state; increases long-term care insurance credit.
  • SB342: Dental laboratories; register with Board of Dentistry.
  • SB1037: Sex offender registry; prior convictions of person.
  • SB1038: Non-conventional vehicles; titling and registration of mopeds.
  • SB1039: Vital records; DMV authorized to access records and issue certified copies, fees, penalty.
  • SB1040: Charter; Town of Bedford
  • SB1041: Bedford, City of, reversion; taxation of real property in Town of Bedford and City of Bedford.
  • SB1042: Bedford,City of, reversion; special election for certain council members, census to be completed.
  • SB1044: Constitutional officers; evidence of payment submitted by locality, verification of information.
  • SB1045: Criminal justice training academies; sovereign immunity of trainers certified by DCJS, etc.
  • SB1047: Local police departments; cooperation agreements with private police departments certified by DCJS.
  • SB1165: Driver's licenses, provisional; person under age 18 certain restrictions.
  • SB1216: Insurance premiums license tax; technical corrections for administration.
  • SB1217: Corrections, Department of; exchange of medical and mental health records, etc.
  • SB1218: DMV; customer service.
  • SB1219: Motor carrier and commercial drivers; amends several licensing laws.
  • SB1283: Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority Fund; established.
  • SB1284: Escort vehicle drivers; certification and regulation in State.
  • SB1285: Interchangeable biosimilar biological products; permits pharmacists to dispense, etc.
  • SB1355: Revenues and appropriations of State; changes to revenues collected and distribution.
  • SJ315: Commending the Bedford County Sheriff Office.
  • SJ354: United Cherokee Indian Tribe of Virginia, Incorporated; State Recognition.
  • SJ355: Commending the Liberty Christian Academy High School football team.
  • SJ356: Commending the Brookville High School football team.
  • SJ408: Celebrating the life of Brigadier General George Murrell Snead, Jr., USA (Ret.).
  • SB336: All-terrain and utility vehicles; expands definition.
  • SB337: DMV; collection of fees.
  • SB338: Virginia Investment Partnership Act; definitions.
  • SB339: Advertising & advertisements; allows running animation on structures.
  • SB340: Occupational therapy; definition.
  • SB341: Income tax, state; increases long-term care insurance credit.
  • SB342: Dental laboratories; register with Board of Dentistry.
  • SB343: Motor carrier and commercial driver's licensing; amends several licensing laws.
  • SB486: Prisoners; harassment by use of computer, penalty.
  • SB487: Certificate of public need program; annual report.
  • SB598: Virtual school program; Standards of Quality per pupil funding transferred from school division.
  • SB653: Condemnation; proceedings generally.
  • SB679: State mandates; eliminating on local and regional government entities relating to education, etc.
  • SJ5001: Commending George Robert Hamlet.
  • SB1318: Sex offenders; prohibiting entry onto school grounds during school-related activities.
  • SB1319: Insurance companies; investments in derivative transactions, etc.
  • SB1321: Certificate of public need; relocation of nursing home beds.
  • SB1322: Virginia Research and Technology Investment Program; created, report.
  • SB1416: Vehicles damaged by water; increases threshold for reporting water damage, etc.
  • SB1452: Local Government, Commission on; shall assist a 5-member task force to review state mandates.
  • SB1453: Human trafficking; DCJS, etc., regarding identification, etc., of offenses using existing statutes.
  • SB1485: Investment in research and technology; expands Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, etc.
  • SJ100: Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds (first reference).
  • SJ362: Commending James Whitaker.
  • SR28: Natural right of an individual; memorializing Congress of United States to honor.
  • SB535: Mail order pharmacy; insurer not limited to a single provider for services.
  • SB536: Water quality analysis; adds Bedford County to list that may establish testing requirements.
  • SB537: Speed limits; increases on highways where it is presently 65 mph to 70 mph.
  • SB538: Physicians, license; DBHDS to require presence thereof in any state training center.
  • SB539: Water-damaged vehicles; obtaining salvage certificate.
  • SB540: Nursing homes; rights of patients.
  • SB541: Transportation Capital Projects Revenue Bonds; used for new road or highway construction projects.
  • SB602: Human infant; determining whether an infant has achieved an independent and separate existence.
  • SB673: School boards; salary in Amherst County.
  • SB736: College Partnership Laboratory Schools; established.
  • SB737: Charter schools, public; review & consideration of application by Board of Education & school board.
  • SB738: Virtual school programs; established.
  • SJ100: Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds (first reference).
  • SJ103: Commending the Moose Lodge in Bedford, Virginia Moose and Moose International.
  • SJ149: General Assembly; support revocation of State's consent to transfer of Jens Soering.
  • SB656: Annexation; extends to 2018 temporary restriction on city authority on granting of city charters.
  • SB1277: Land records; may contain only last four digits of social security numbers therein on Internet.
  • SB1278: Income tax, state; school supplies expense tax credit.
  • SB1279: Economic Development Partnership Authority; powers of board of directors.
  • SB1280: Economic Development Partnership Authority; issuance of export documentation.
  • SB1281: Advertising structures; prohibition thereon within 660 feet of parkway except Jerry Falwell Parkway.
  • SB1282: Health Professions, Department of; prohibited from providing personal information of individuals.
  • SB1283: Motor fuels tax; change in tax basis.
  • SB1284: Compulsory training standards; courthouse and courtroom security.
  • SB1285: School budgets; local school divisions to publish on website.
  • SB1286: Health, Department of; extends sunset provision for certain certificates of free sale.
  • SB1287: Annexation; extends to 2018 temporary restriction on city authority on granting of city charters.
  • SB1288: Parkway; term used in 33.1-369 of Code does not include Jerry Falwell Parkway.
  • SJ349: Constitutional amendment; localities to cap annual increase in assessed values of real estate.
  • SJ350: Commending the Lynchburg Area Center for Independent Living 10th anniversary.
  • SJ380: Commending the Virginia Credit Union League.
  • SJ381: Commending the White Rock Baptist Church on the occasion of its 120th anniversary.
  • SJ412: Human trafficking; notes General Assembly's concern regarding and repudiation thereof in State.
  • SJ477: Celebrating the life of Terrell J. Reid.
  • SB654: Jerry Falwell Parkway; designating as portion of Route 460 between City of Lynchburg & Campbell Co.
  • SB655: Contractors; employees having direct contact with students on school property.
  • SB656: Annexation; extends current annexation moratorium to 2018.
  • SB657: Health care providers; those responding to disaster immune from liability.
  • SB664: Civil remedial fees; repeals provision for those imposed on certain drivers.
  • SB675: Credit unions; added to institutions that may be qualified public depositories.
  • SB765: Water safety enforcement; provide enhanced enforcement effort on Smith Mountain Lake in summer.
  • SB6018: Certificate of free sale; Department of Health.
  • SJ108: Children's Miracle Network Day; designating as October 2008, and each succeeding year thereafter.
  • SJ226: Commending the William Campbell High School softball team.
  • SJ242: Commending Leland D. Melvin.
  • SB525: Health maintenance organization; may license insurance company, etc. plan that organizes & operates.
  • SB528: Boating; requires safety course and sets maximum speed limit for Smith Mountain Lake.
  • SB1241: Boating safety education; must complete to operate motorboat or personal watercraft, civil penalty.
  • SB1298: Criminal history record information; agency not required to collect when information is available.
  • SB1300: Sewage sludge; locality may adopt an ordinance that requires special use permit for routine storage.
  • SB1301: Water Quality Improvement Fund; Combined Sewer Overflow funding for Cities of Lynchburg & Richmond.
  • SB1302: Enterprise zone grants; allows businesses to apply for additional appropriations.
  • SB1303: Health maintenance organizations; conversions.
  • SB1304: Eminent domain; definition of public uses.
  • SB1305: Physical therapists; allows patients to seek treatment therefrom.
  • SB1306: Electric power and energy; purchase by Virginia Tech and municipal corporation.
  • SB1307: Senatorial districts; makes technical adjustment in Amherst County.
  • SB1308: Courthouse security; training of officers providing.
  • SB1322: Combined Sewer Overflow Fund; created.
  • SB1339: Land application of sewage sludge; regulation and management thereof.
  • SB1346: School boards; contractor to provide certification that employees have not been convicted of felony.
  • SJ390: Health care providers; joint subcommittee to study feasibility of offering liability protection.
  • SJ392: Celebrating the life of John C. Lester, Jr.
  • SJ414: Commending the Amherst High School football team.
  • SJ448: Celebrating the life of Dorothy Quarles Stamps.
  • SJ542: Celebrating the life of Roy O. Stevens.
  • SB521: Personal property, tangible; establishes separate class for certain aircraft.
  • SB522: License taxes, local; localities to select date to apply therefor.
  • SB523: Tractor-semitrailer combinations; exemption for certain from length limit.
  • SB524: Drug-free school zones; includes licensed child day centers.
  • SB525: Health maintenance organization; may license insurance company, etc. plan that organizes & operates.
  • SB526: Constitutional amendment; marriage may exist only between a man and woman.
  • SB528: Boating; requires safety course and sets maximum speed limit for Smith Mountain Lake.
  • SB529: Credit unions; charges on loans.
  • SB530: Credit union; notification to Commissioner of Financial Institutions of participation.
  • SB531: Credit unions; minors' accounts.
  • SB610: Physicians; extends sunset provision to purchase medical malpractice insurance.
  • SJ90: Physicians and Hospitals, Joint Subcommittee Studying Risk Management Plans for; continued.
  • SJ91: Incarcerated persons; joint subcommittee to study increasing access to higher education therefor.
  • SJ92: Constitutional amendment (second resolution); marriage.
  • SJ5026: Commending the Liberty University debate team.
  • SR35: Commending E. C. Glass boys' track team.
  • SR36: Commending Heritage High School boys' track team.