Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)

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Took Office
January 2014
Next Election
November 2019
Health, Welfare and Institutions, Militia, Police and Public Safety, Privileges and Elections
Copatroning Habits
72% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 74% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 65% of them are Democrats.
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Bills Passed
2.7% in 2018

A healthcare consultant, Rasoul originally hails from Warren, Ohio. He holds a BBA from Roanoke College and an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University. He is married, with three children. Notably, Rasoul was a member of the Virginia Defense Force from 2007–08, and is the only Muslim member of the Virginia General Assembly.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Southwest Virginia Today: Pillion, Heath vying to replace retiring Carrico on Nov. 5

October 23, 2019 | 12:30 am

WDBJ7: Changing election day? Roanoke City moves toward rescheduling municipal voting

October 22, 2019 | 12:25 am

Roanoke Times: Letter: Candidate meet and greet, Roanoke | Letters

October 22, 2019 | 12:00 am Virginia's Green New Deal, unveiled | Articles

October 18, 2019 | 4:00 pm

Roanoke Times: Editorial: What would happen if Roanoke moved council elections to November?

October 15, 2019 | 12:02 am

These are all of the video clips of Sam Rasoul’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2014. There are 16 video clips in all.


  • HB1635: Fossil fuel projects moratorium; clean energy mandates.
  • HB1654: Prohibited public carrying of certain firearms in public areas; penalty.
  • HB1744: Smoking; unlawful in motor vehicle with a minor present.
  • HB1854: Education, Department of; workgroup on social and emotional learning.
  • HB1902: Solar Demonstration Projects Grant Program; established, Solar Energy Special Fund created.
  • HB1967: Physicians; allowing for competition and additional entities.
  • HB1975: PACE program; DMAS to develop and implement a plan to provide client education.
  • HB2501: Greenhouse gas emissions; inventory.
  • HB2502: Landlord and tenant; maintenance standards.
  • HB2503: Public utilities; transactions with affiliates, fuel procurement arrangements.
  • HB2521: Assisted living facilities; staffing during overnight hours.
  • HB2645: Electric Utility Regulation; Refund Act.
  • HB2761: Cave and karst protection; penalty.
  • HB2775: Community schools; best practices to transition existing schools.
  • HJ577: United States Constitution; ratifies Equal Rights Amendment.
  • HJ668: Restoring Representative Government; free and fair elections, limiting corporate personhood.
  • HJ669: Glass-Steagall Act; infrastructure bank
  • HJ678: Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters, 16-year-olds permitted to vote.
  • HJ724: Green New Deal; recognizing need for clean energy economy.
  • HJ738: Commending the Local Office on Aging.
  • HJ946: Celebrating the life of John George Liakos.
  • HJ947: Celebrating the life of William Garfield Dabney.
  • HJ949: Commending Sherley Stuart.
  • HJ950: Commending Evelyn Bethel and Helen Davis.
  • HJ951: Commending Jamie Follin Nichols.
  • HJ952: Commending Robert A. Clement, Jr.
  • HJ953: Commending George Miller.
  • HJ954: Commending Sue Ranson.
  • HJ1056: Commending On Our Own.
  • HR426: Commending the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project.
  • HB6: Security freezes; elimination of fees.
  • HB96: Electric utility regulation; suspension of reviews of earnings, transitional rate period.
  • HB120: Unemployment compensation; wage offset.
  • HB121: Community schools; development of program to establish schools.
  • HB148: Prescription Monitoring Program; requirements of prescribers, prescriptions for opioids.
  • HB149: Child support order payee; change in physical custody of child, orders involving DSS.
  • HB157: Right to Treat Act; requirement of Maintenance of Certification prohibited, etc.
  • HB159: Family life education curricula; local school board to implement in grades kindergarten through 12.
  • HB240: Wage or salary history; inquiries prohibited, civil penalty.
  • HB275: Campaigns, certain; voluntary public financing.
  • HB276: Virginia Interim Redistricting Commission; criteria for remedial redistricting plans.
  • HB382: Voter precincts; precincts contained wholly within congressional or state legislative district.
  • HB1112: Voter registration at the DMV; REAL ID compliant applications.
  • HB1129: Elections; establishes voter-nominated open primary elections.
  • HB1130: Assisted living facilities, etc.; licensure of facilities operated by agencies of the Commonwealth.
  • HB1133: Prisoners; medical and mental health treatment of those incapable of giving consent.
  • HB1136: Aboveground chemical storage tanks; local ordinance, inspection.
  • HB1141: Interstate natural gas pipeline; Virginia Water Protection Permit, etc., regulations.
  • HB1294: Interstate natural gas pipeline construction; water quality impact bond.
  • HB1295: Prescription Monitoring Program; disclosure of info to a public institution of higher education.
  • HB1296: Statewide public defender system and appellate defender officer; established.
  • HB1394: Firearms show; list of vendors or exhibitors submitted to State Police.
  • HB1483: Virginia Consumer Protection Act; open-end credit plans.
  • HB1490: Fossil fuel projects moratorium; establishes, clean energy mandates.
  • HJ33: Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters,16-year-olds.
  • HJ34: Constitutional amendment; initiatives, referendums, and recalls.
  • HJ395: Celebrating the life of Tom Cain.
  • HJ463: Commending Yodie Swain.
  • HJ464: Commending St. John's Episcopal Church.
  • HJ465: Commending Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics.
  • HJ466: Commending Center in the Square.
  • HJ467: Commending Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
  • HJ468: Commending Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley.
  • HJ469: Commending Community High School.
  • HJ470: Commending the Reverend Kirk Ballin.
  • HJ473: Celebrating the life of Julien H. Meyer, Jr., M.D.
  • HR1: Glass-Steagall Act; memorializing Congress to reinstate portions of Act.
  • HB1035: Elderly care savings trust accounts; established, administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan.
  • HB1444: Minimum wage; increases minimum wage from its current federally mandated level.
  • HB1759: Redeemable beverage containers.
  • HB1789: Emergency vehicles, privately owned volunteer; requirement for flashing lights and sirens.
  • HB2153: Durable Do Not Resuscitate Orders; reciprocity.
  • HB2154: Running bamboo; locality may, by ordinance, provide for control, civil penalty.
  • HB2155: Workers' compensation; modifications to employee's home and automobile.
  • HB2156: Child welfare agencies; licensure for agencies operated by the Commonwealth.
  • HB2157: Family abuse protective order; third or subsequent violation of order.
  • HB2158: Dumping trash; increases penalty.
  • HB2159: Litter; adds cigarette or cigar butts to definition.
  • HB2160: Virginia Interim Redistricting Commission; criteria for remedial redistricting plans.
  • HB2434: Community schools; Department of Education to establish taskforce for pilot program.
  • HB2443: Electoral fusion; form of ballot, candidate's name appearing more than once for same office.
  • HJ541: Constitutional amendment; top two open primary election (first reference).
  • HJ554: Celebrating the life of Jean Alexandria Glontz.
  • HJ584: Commending the Roanoke Catholic School football team.
  • HJ585: Study; State Council of Higher Ed; rates of in-state and out-of-state undergraduate admissions.
  • HJ622: Constitutional amendment; General Assembly term limits (first reference).
  • HJ631: Commending Peter Allen Lewis.
  • HJ642: Memorializing Congress; reinstatement of Glass-Steagall Act.
  • HJ701: United States Constitution; application for a convention of the states; free and fair elections.
  • HJ811: Commending E. Wade Whitehead, Jr.
  • HJ812: Celebrating the life of Elizabeth Florence Kennedy LaGrua.
  • HJ838: Celebrating the life of Steven Charles Buschor.
  • HJ839: Celebrating the life of Gus George Pappas.
  • HJ854: Commending Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.
  • HJ855: Celebrating the life of James A. Lewis, Jr.
  • HJ858: Celebrating the life of Joel Willis Richert.
  • HJ871: Celebrating the life of W. Alvin Hudson, Jr.
  • HJ876: Commending Diane Kelly.
  • HR458: Commending Christopher P. Morrill.
  • HB53: Juvenile offenders; sentence modification procedure.
  • HB82: Elections; changes definition of 'party' or 'political party.'
  • HB103: Consumer finance loans; caps maximum rate of interest.
  • HB302: Elephants; prohibits use of devices for training, etc., that inflict pain or cause physical injury.
  • HB303: Virginia Interim Redistricting Commission; criteria for remedial redistricting plans.
  • HB319: Health regulatory boards; continuing education for certain individuals.
  • HB1035: Elderly care savings trust accounts; established, administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan.
  • HB1037: Voting systems; prohibits use of direct recording electronic machines on or after July 1, 2017.
  • HB1038: Motor vehicle safety inspections; window tinting.
  • HB1040: Voter-nominated primary elections; established for offices of Governor, etc.
  • HB1041: Marijuana offenses; driver's license forfeiture.
  • HB1043: Reckless driving; raises threshold for speeding.
  • HB1045: Threats of death or bodily injury; penalty.
  • HB1046: Youth services citizen boards; clarifies membership.
  • HB1047: Alcohol; use of premises for illegal consumption, civil penalty.
  • HB1049: Firearms show; list of vendors or exhibitors submitted to State Police.
  • HB1050: Solar thermal system tax credit.
  • HB1258: Minimum wage; increases wage from federally mandated level to $8.50 per hour.
  • HB1295: Abuse or neglect of child; definitions, penalty.
  • HJ13: Commending Pilgrim Baptist Church.
  • HJ18: Constitutional amendment; term limits for members of the General Assembly.
  • HJ51: Celebrating the life of Jesse Clingenpeel.
  • HJ71: Commending Temple Emanuel.
  • HJ108: Medicaid; JLARC to study electronic sources of data, etc.
  • HJ118: Celebrating the life of Alphonzo LaSalle Holland, Sr.
  • HJ137: Driver's license; suspension upon conviction of marijuana offense.
  • HJ216: Celebrating the life of Carol Willoughby.
  • HJ217: Celebrating the life of Charles Wesley Day.
  • HJ237: Commending Apostolos Dallas, M.D.
  • HJ310: Commending Geanina Poff.
  • HJ311: Celebrating the life of Ray Wayne Gandee, M.D.
  • HJ353: Commending the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke.
  • HJ451: Commending Chris Perkins.
  • HJ457: Celebrating the life of Sheila Sachs Strauss.
  • HB1159: Political contributions; prohibitions during procurement process.
  • HB1297: Machinery and tools tax; production of renewable energy.
  • HB1344: Flashing lights on motor vehicles; 'move over' law.
  • HB1399: Flood insurance; escrow accounts.
  • HB1463: Elections; changes definition of 'party' or 'political party.'
  • HB1464: Equines; report on animal cruelty.
  • HB1465: Redistricting; certain population data to be used.
  • HB1726: Enterprise zone real property; investment grants.
  • HB1860: Collection receptacles for clothing, household items, etc.; required disclosures.
  • HB1862: Wrongful death action; distribution of award.
  • HB1863: Court-appointed counsel; waivers for compensation.
  • HB1864: Firearms show; State Police list of vendors or exhibitors.
  • HB1881: Social Services, Department of; opportunities for certain programs to compete for grant funds.
  • HB2358: Continuing education for prescribers; substance abuse, addiction, and related pain management.
  • HJ540: Commending Ted Edlich.
  • HJ545: Constitutional convention; congress to call for an amendment to U.S. Constitution.
  • HJ584: Constitutional amendment; Virginia Redistricting Commission, redistricting criteria and process.
  • HJ647: Virginia Housing Commission; affordable housing for people reentering society.
  • HJ761: Celebrating the life of Lular Ree Clarke Lucky.
  • HJ762: Celebrating the life of the Honorable George W. Harris, Jr.
  • HJ828: Celebrating the life of Jim Bullington.
  • HJ913: Commending the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building.
  • HR310: Commending Total Action for Progress.
  • HR311: Commending Burrell Memorial Hospital.
  • HB1128: Cooperative career & technical education; school boards to provide to middle & high school students.
  • HB1154: Misdemeanors; expungement of criminal record for charges dismissed.
  • HB1159: Political contributions; prohibitions during procurement process.
  • HB1182: A-to-F school grading system; exemption for schools with alternative accreditation plans.
  • HB1226: Stalking; penalty.
  • HJ5042: Commending the Roanoke Tribune.
  • HJ5048: Celebrating the life of Lucy Martin Harmon.
  • HJ5054: Celebrating the life of William Elry Gilbert.
  • HJ5081: Commending the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Roanoke Alumnae Chapter.
  • HJ5089: Celebrating the life of Anthony M. Reed.
  • HJ5174: Commending Roanoke Sister Cities, Inc.
  • HJ5206: Celebrating the life of Harry Lee Dull.