Delegate Tom Rust (R-Herndon)

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86: Counties of Fairfax (part) and Loudoun (part) [map]
Took Office
January 2002
Left Office
January 2016
Copatroning Habits
65% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 62% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 61% of them are Republicans.
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Campaign Contributions
$169,369.04 cash on hand (May 2013 report)
Top 10 Donors
Cyberdata Technologies Inc. Information Technology Herndon $5,000
Dewberry Civil Engineering Fairfax $5,000
Gordon V. Smith Builder MD $2,507
John T. Hazel Retired Broad Run $2,500
Dominion Leadership Trust Speaker's Political Action Committee Fredericksburg $2,500
Bob Johnson Film Producer McLean $2,000
Northern Virginia Realtors Political Action Committee Realtors PAC Fairfax $2,000
Dominion Political Action Committee - VA Electric Utility Richmond $2,000
Gary D. Rappaport Development and Management McLean $1,000
Virginia Association of Health Plans PAC Health Insurance PAC Richmond $1,000

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Recent Mentions in the Media

Blue Virginia (press release) (blog): Virginia House of Delegates Race Ratings (8/19/17)

August 19, 2017
T-Mac did better than either, at 48%-42%, and it went for Obershain, the only non-controversial Republican running that year, by 28 votes. This race is a blockbuster. Incumbent Del. Joseph Yost (R), who has won 2 of his 3 races in this seat by less ...

Washington Post: Herndon delegate announces retirement amid tough reelection bid

February 25, 2015
RICHMOND ? Del. Thomas Davis Rust, facing a tough reelection fight, announced Wednesday that he will drop his bid for another term. Rust (R-Herndon), who was mayor of Herndon for almost 20 years, served 13 years in the House with a focus on ...Delegate Tom Rust retiringLoudoun Times-Mirrorall 28 news articles »

Washington Post: Soap operatic GOP race for Va. lieutenant governor to play out in courtroom

May 23, 2017
Along with then-Del. Tom Rust (R-Fairfax), in 2014 he was one of just two House Republicans in 2014 to back a plan to temporarily expand Medicaid as part of an overhaul. As a councilman in 2013, he supported the tax-laden transportation plan of then-Gov.and more »

Bearing Drift (press release) (blog): Davis: We Need Bold Leadership for Virginia in 2017

February 6, 2017
by Delegate Glenn Davis. We are halfway through the 2017 General Assembly session and it's more clear than ever what Virginia needs. Virginia needs bold leadership. Bold leaders have a history of bold actions, not just bold talk. Bold leaders achieve ... Herndon Legislators Attend Retirement Event for Eileen Curtis

July 18, 2017
Legislators in attendance at the July 12 dinner included: State Senator Jennifer Wexton, State Delegate Jennifer Boysko, State Delegate Kathleen Murphy, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, Supervisor John Foust, Supervisor ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Tom Rust’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2009. There are 149 video clips in all.


  • HB756: Nonconforming billboards; revises and updates statutory requirements pertaining to maintenance, etc.
  • HB1558: Adult fatality review teams, local and regional; established, penalty.
  • HB1559: Incapacitated adults; abuse or neglect, penalty.
  • HB1560: Electronic summons systems; towns may assess an additional sum.
  • HB1561: Hospitals; required notice to patients.
  • HB1562: Electronic identity management; standards, liability.
  • HB1563: Business entities; reserved names.
  • HB1657: Advance directives; directions about life-prolonging procedures during pregnancy.
  • HB1658: Property Owners' Association Act; procedures for amending declaration and bylaws.
  • HB1659: Virginia Retirement System; increase of retirement allowance.
  • HB1660: Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact.
  • HB1661: Virginia Information Technologies; contracts for private educational institutions.
  • HB1662: Transportation network companies (TNCs); licensing process by DMV.
  • HB1965: Virginia Contractor and Real Estate Transaction Recovery Funds; conforms provisions.
  • HB1966: Local vehicle license fees and taxes; counties/towns to enter into reciprocal agreements to collect.
  • HB2235: HOT lanes; when law-enforcement vehicles may use.
  • HJ702: Day to Serve; designating as each day from September 11 to October 10, 2015.
  • HJ849: Commending the Council for the Arts of Herndon.
  • HJ850: Commending Lisa Lombardozzi.
  • HJ855: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Vincent F. Callahan, Jr.
  • HJ916: Commending Kwame Alexander.
  • HR204: Celebrating the life of Julie Fangming Ho Rao.
  • HR249: Commending John Mosesso.
  • HR270: Celebrating the life of Violet Kaleh Carmona Bateman.
  • HR294: Celebrating the life of David I. Meiselman.
  • HB747: Tuition, in-state; student eligibility, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • HB748: VDOT commuter lots; parking violations, failure to appear in court.
  • HB749: Virginia Information Technologies Agency; private institutions of higher education.
  • HB750: Virginia Information Technologies Agency; clarifies definition of communications services.
  • HB751: Students; expulsion for certain drug offenses.
  • HB752: Student discipline; expulsion due to firearm or drug offenses.
  • HB753: Students; admissibility of certain statements.
  • HB754: Student discipline; modifying long-term suspensions and expulsions.
  • HB755: Nonresident public adjusters; licensure.
  • HB756: Nonconforming billboards; revises and updates statutory requirements pertaining to maintenance, etc.
  • HB757: Benefits consortia; benefits plans.
  • HB758: Teacher licensure; career and technical education endorsement.
  • HB759: Absentee voting and procedures; secure return of voted absentee military-overseas ballots.
  • HB760: Driver education programs; expands program in Planning District 8.
  • HB761: Fare enforcement inspectors; appointed to enforce payment of fares for use of mass transit facility.
  • HB975: Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual license tax.
  • HB977: Teachers; extends deadline to request hearing after receiving notice of dismissal.
  • HB978: Utility crossings; localities, etc., whose facilities are to be crossed shall cooperate with other.
  • HB1048: Highway systems; funding.
  • HB1244: Potomac River; VDOT to consider results of a demand study concerning crossings.
  • HB5008: Virginia Health Care Independence Act; established, report.
  • HJ92: Compulsory school attendance; religious exemption, report.
  • HJ161: Teen Cancer Awareness Week; designating as third week in January 2015, and each succeeding year.
  • HJ248: Commending the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
  • HJ336: Commending Leo Schefer.
  • HJ443: Commending the Honorable Joe T. May.
  • HJ5027: Commending Aubrey D. Tarkington.
  • HR91: Commending Doug Downer.
  • HR122: Commending Shidogakuin Kendo Dojo.
  • HR123: Commending Shidogakuin Washinkan Kendo Dojo.
  • HR138: Commending Friday Night Live!
  • HR139: Commending Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr.
  • HR173: Commending Montessori School of Herndon.
  • HR177: Commending Elma Mankin.
  • HR182: Celebrating the life of Louis Mikkelsen Petersen.
  • HR526: Commending Robert Lawrence Presgrave.
  • HR533: Commending the Rotary Club of Herndon.
  • HR557: Commending the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad.
  • HR560: Commending C. Melissa Jonas.
  • HR561: Commending Connie Haines Hutchinson.
  • HR562: Commending Charlie D. Waddell.
  • HR563: Commending the Herndon Fortnightly Club.
  • HB862: Income tax, state; deduction for tolls.
  • HB864: Transportation Board; changes composition, Governor shall appoint or remove members, etc.
  • HB866: Fairfax County School Board; staggered elections.
  • HB1357: Handheld personal communications devices; texting while driving a primary offense.
  • HB1525: Tuition, in-state; undocumented persons.
  • HB1526: HOT lanes; emergency vehicles and law-enforcement vehicles cannot use when commuting to work place.
  • HB1527: Fire insurance; clarifies that excess insurance may be written on an endorsement, etc.
  • HB1528: Commercial insurance policies; only first named insured required to be given notice of cancellation.
  • HB1535: Town and county; joint powers.
  • HB1725: Absentee ballots; no individual, etc., shall mail 25 or more completed applications for voters.
  • HB1842: License plates, special; issuance for firefighters and auxiliaries, Fraternal Order of Police, etc.
  • HB1861: Residential property; certain notice of sale.
  • HB1900: Health insurance reform; revises State's laws.
  • HB2049: Commonwealth Transportation Board; increases total membership from 17 to 21 members.
  • HB2052: HOT lanes; allows state or local law-enforcement vehicles, etc., to enter.
  • HB2063: Sources of revenue; establishing and adjusting for appropriations of State and its localities.
  • HB2179: Sources of revenue; establishing and adjusting for appropriations of State and its localities.
  • HB2180: Electric utilities; renewable energy portfolio standard program, eligible energy.
  • HJ623: Commending the Virginia Education Association.
  • HJ624: Commending Arthur Nachman.
  • HJ856: Celebrating the life of William A. Hazel.
  • HR108: Celebrating the life of James Berry Ashwell.
  • HR139: Commending the Herndon High School co-ed cheer team.
  • HB657: Renewable energy portfolio standard program; adjusts mix of energy sources that qualify.
  • HB860: Towing ordinances; localities in Northern Virginia to require companies to submit to inspection.
  • HB861: Vehicle and trailer immobilization; subject to removal for outstanding parking violations.
  • HB862: Income tax, state; deduction for tolls.
  • HB863: Zoning; civil penalties constitute liens on real property.
  • HB864: Transportation Board; changes composition, Governor shall appoint or remove members, etc.
  • HB865: Taxicabs; local regulation.
  • HB866: Fairfax County School Board; staggered elections.
  • HB867: Certificates of insurance; unfair insurance trade practices.
  • HB868: Plug-in electric-drive vehicles; may park free of charge in certain parking spaces when recharging.
  • HB869: Urban development areas; makes designation optional rather than mandatory for all localities.
  • HB870: Repairable vehicles; definition, exemption.
  • HB871: Limited burial insurance authority; changes definition.
  • HB872: Property and casualty insurance; provides for SCC licensing and regulation of public adjusters.
  • HB873: Direct Aid to Public Education; amends by lowering maximum Composite Index rate.
  • HB874: Handheld personal communications devices; penalty if text messaging and emailing while driving.
  • HB875: Motor vehicle insurance; places time limits on appeals to DMV for suspension of driver's license.
  • HB876: Motor vehicle fuels sales tax; transfer administration and collection to DMV.
  • HB1184: Public education; dual enrollment for high school students.
  • HB1206: Preneed funeral contracts; requirements.
  • HJ149: Celebrating the life of James Warren Geurin.
  • HJ157: Commending George and Laura Price.
  • HJ158: Commending Holly Frost.
  • HJ178: Commending Dulles Chapter 1241 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
  • HJ216: X & Y Chromosomal Variation Awareness Month; designating as May 2012, and each succeeding year.
  • HJ293: Commending Stephen J. DeBenedittis.
  • HJ339: Celebrating the life of Champlin Fletcher Buck III.
  • HJ342: Commending Patrick Hammes.
  • HJ416: Commending LINK, Inc.
  • HR576: Commending Herndon Elementary School.
  • HR608: Commending Jasbinder Singh.
  • HR609: Commending William B. Tirrell, Sr.
  • HB512: Lyme disease; allows a licensed physician to prescribe long-term antibiotic therapy.
  • HB971: Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Sales and Use Tax Fund; established.
  • HB1956: Trespassing vehicles; regulation of removal by localities.
  • HB1957: Transportation Board; powers and duties.
  • HB1958: Health insurance; federal market reforms.
  • HB1959: Administrative impoundment of vehicle; adds driving on suspended offenses to list of instances.
  • HB1960: Tuition Assistance Grant Program; amends criteria to be eligible to receive tuition assistance.
  • HB1961: Pharmacy, Board of; recusal requirement.
  • HB1962: Toll violations; sets out procedures for issuance of notices.
  • HB1963: Resident curator programs; locality may develop for managing, etc., historic areas owned or leased.
  • HB1964: Public employment; prohibits discrimination based on race, color, etc.
  • HB1965: Local capital improvement programs; adds life cycle costs to facilities estimates.
  • HB1966: Pharmacists; allows anyone to report to Board of Pharmacy those who may have substance abuse issue.
  • HB2220: Pharmacies; implement continuous quality improvement program for analysis of dispensing errors.
  • HB2404: State sales & use tax revenue; dedicates portion for transportation projects in Hampton Roads, etc.
  • HB2532: Charter; Town of Urbanna.
  • HJ528: Commending Herndon High School on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
  • HJ619: Tolling of certain highways; Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, et al., to study.
  • HJ622: Histiocytosis Awareness Month; designating as September 2011, and each succeeding year thereafter.
  • HJ670: Commending Nicole Mariarose Ferraro.
  • HJ686: Commending the Council for the Arts of Herndon on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.
  • HJ699: Commending Herndon Community Television Corporation.
  • HJ708: Commending Frying Pan Farm Park.
  • HJ814: Commending the Herndon Womans Club.
  • HJ815: Commending Carl I. Sivertsen.
  • HJ816: Commending Charlie D. Waddell.
  • HJ817: Commending David A. Kirby.
  • HJ917: Celebrating the life of Philip John Farley III.
  • HJ949: Commending Franklin Foster Smith.
  • HB350: Distribution of handbills, etc.; adds median & public roadway to places locality can regulate, etc.
  • HB351: Virginia School Construction Revolving Fund; created, report.
  • HB352: Group life insurance coverage; extended to persons mutually agreed upon by insurer and policyholder.
  • HB512: Lyme disease; allows a licensed physician to prescribe long-term antibiotic therapy.
  • HB513: Motor vehicles; administrative impoundment thereof when driving without an operator's license.
  • HB514: Long-term services; SHHR develop blueprint for livable communities for people with disabilities.
  • HB515: Wetlands and stream mitigation; prohibits localities from regulating location of projects.
  • HB516: Condemnations; highway construction.
  • HB517: Uniform Statewide Building Code; court may order violations on nonresidential buildings be abated.
  • HB518: Freedom of Information Act; public body shall remain responsible for retrieving public records, etc.
  • HB745: Income tax, state; telework expenses tax credit.
  • HB746: Tolls; installation of video-monitoring/automatic vehicle identification systems for toll facility.
  • HB970: Transportation Trust Fund; increases amount of general fund surplus.
  • HB971: Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Sales and Use Tax Fund; established.
  • HB972: Transient occupancy tax; Fairfax County limitations.
  • HB973: Line of Duty Death and Health Benefits Trust Fund; funding therefor.
  • HB1295: Dulles Access Highway; enforcement through use of photo-monitoring system in conjunction with usage.
  • HJ68: Highway; Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability to develop plan to place toll on certain.
  • HJ261: Commending the Asian American residents of Virginia on their celebration of the Lunar New Year.
  • HJ280: Commending Louise Rooney.
  • HJ281: Commending Ted Hochstein.
  • HJ282: Commending the Herndon Fortnightly Club on the occasion of its 120th anniversary.
  • HJ283: Commending The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area, Inc.
  • HJ284: Commending the Herndon Rotary Club on the occasion of its 70th anniversary.
  • HJ285: Commending Herndon Volunteer Fire Department on the occasion of its 80th anniversary.
  • HJ373: Celebrating the life of J. Michael Lunsford.
  • HJ444: Commending Patricia Macintyre.
  • HJ445: Commending Richard F. Downer.
  • HJ446: Commending Dennis D. Husch.
  • HJ447: Commending Jean Goldsby.
  • HB761: Charter; Town of Herndon.
  • HB923: School Construction Revolving Fund; created, report.
  • HB1724: Trespassing vehicle; local regulation of removal and immobilization thereof.
  • HB1725: Visitors, board of; College of William & Mary, VCU, & VPI&SU boards authorized to invest funds, etc.
  • HB1726: Group life insurance; allows coverage to be extended to insure any class of persons.
  • HB2017: Transient occupancy tax; Fairfax County limitations.
  • HB2018: School Construction Revolving Fund; created.
  • HB2019: Transportation corridors; Transportation Board to establish connection with Transportation Plan.
  • HB2020: Highway maintenance funds; provides method Transportation Board is to allocate additional funds.
  • HB2021: Driving without license; motor vehicle impounded if previously convicted of certain offenses.
  • HB2022: Technology Services, Council on; eliminates Council.
  • HB2023: Virginia Information Technologies Agency; to delegate powers & responsibilities.
  • HB2150: Notice of sale; locality in Planning District 8 to adopt ordinance to give notice to admin. officer.
  • HB2151: Retention of energy savings; school boards required to prepare approved energy conservation.
  • HB2152: Stand-by service charges; SCC to adopt regulations requiring rates charged by electric utility.
  • HB2153: BPOL tax; allows towns to levy on any person, firm, etc., in business of renting real property.
  • HB2654: Public Education Distribution; Governor, etc. to develop plan to lower maximum Composite Index rate.
  • HJ687: Highways; Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability to develop plan to toll certain.
  • HJ919: Commending the Herndon Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
  • HJ1022: Commending Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc.
  • HB104: Driver's license; penalty for driving without.
  • HB440: Illegal aliens; presumption of no bail for those charged with certain crimes.
  • HB441: Correctional facilities; enforcement of federal civil immigration laws.
  • HB442: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemptions include computers and computer-related peripheral equipment.
  • HB443: Loudoun County; rights and duties of county chairman.
  • HB444: Inmates; officer of correctional facility to inquire of alien status.
  • HB445: Single-family dwellings; fines for zoning violations related to overcrowding.
  • HB446: Motor vehicle; forfeiture thereof for two offenses of driving without operator's license.
  • HB447: Driver's license; punishment for third or subsequent violation.
  • HB448: Civil remedial fees; fees shall be assessed on person who operates motor vehicle on highways.
  • HB449: School boards, local; unexpended funds.
  • HB450: Motor vehicle repair services; those embraced by Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads Authorities.
  • HB451: Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; increases membership.
  • HB452: Residential dwellings; penalties related to overcrowding.
  • HB453: School bus stops; local school boards may install signs or other devices to indicate.
  • HB454: High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes; revises procedures for enforcing violations.
  • HB481: Driver's license, provisional; primary offense.
  • HB761: Charter; Town of Herndon.
  • HB762: Illegal aliens; presumption against admission to bail for those charged with criminal offense.
  • HB763: Central Criminal Records Exchange; required to notify U.S. Bureau of Immigration & Customs.
  • HB764: Correctional facilities; inquiries to U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • HB832: Towing and recovery operators; removal of trespassing vehicles.
  • HB833: Automotive manufacturers; specialized registration & titling of company vehicles.
  • HB922: Registration fees; increase for firefighting and emergency medical services vehicles.
  • HB923: School Construction Revolving Fund; created, report.
  • HB1107: Single-family dwellings; fines for zoning violations related to overcrowding.
  • HB1108: Highway construction, primary system; funds allocation.
  • HB1476: Voting equipment; wireless communications at polling places, exceptions.
  • HB6017: Food and beverage tax; allows counties to impose without referendum.
  • HB6021: Highway maintenance funds; provides method by which Transportation Board is to allocate funds.
  • HJ83: Elementary and Secondary School Funding, 2002 Review of; joint subcommittee to examine.
  • HJ84: Affordable housing; Housing Commission to study methods for procuring units for public employees.
  • HJ85: School boards; JLARC to study implications of granting fiscal autonomy to those elected.
  • HJ237: Innovative Technology, Center for; innovation index, report.
  • HJ546: Celebrating the life of Whitney Harwood Menning Adams.
  • HJ555: Commending Douglas Graney.
  • HJ6031: Commending Raul Danny Vargas.
  • HJ6032: Commending Pat Williams.
  • HB306: Income tax, state; dedicates portion of car tax to localities.
  • HB307: Zoning ordinance; raises maximum misdemeanor penalty for violation thereof.
  • HB2257: DMV fees; assessment thereof on certain drivers.
  • HB2258: Charitable organizations; exceptions for those that engage in food distribution to needy.
  • HB2259: Freedom of Information Act; records of regional and local park authorities.
  • HB2260: Towing and recovery operators; eliminates requirement to obtain written authorization from owner.
  • HB2261: Zoning violations; overcrowding of residential dwellings.
  • HB2262: Income tax, state; dedicates a portion of car tax to localities.
  • HB2263: Hospital or health center commissions; membership.
  • HB2265: Plats; validation of certain.
  • HB2376: DMV fees; assessment thereof on certain drivers.
  • HB2461: High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes; revises procedures and penalties involved therewith.
  • HB2462: Toll facilities; operation of photo-monitoring or automatic vehicle identification systems.
  • HB2501: Specially constructed, replica vehicles, etc.; revises procedures to be titled & registered by DMV.
  • HB2925: Retail Sales and Use Tax; limited exemption on computers and related peripheral equipment.
  • HB2926: Immigration; powers of law-enforcement officers by agreement with Department of Homeland Security.
  • HB3122: Driving without a license; enhanced penalty for persons convicted of second offense.
  • HJ34: Constitutional amendment; excludes privately owned motor vehicles from property taxation (1st ref).
  • HJ655: Constitutional amendment; excludes privately owned motor vehicles from property taxation (1st ref).
  • HJ668: Commending the Sully Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization.
  • HJ743: Fire and rescue squad volunteers; joint subcommittee to study incentives to recruit, etc.
  • HJ747: Commending Kerrie Wilson.
  • HJ768: Commending Mark Gunderman.
  • HB304: DMV; charges for information supplied thereby.
  • HB305: Learning Technology, Office of; created within Council of Higher Education.
  • HB306: Income tax, state; dedicates portion of car tax to localities.
  • HB307: Zoning ordinance; raises maximum misdemeanor penalty for violation thereof.
  • HB308: Zoning ordinance; violations thereof, penalty.
  • HB309: High-occupancy lanes; extends sunset provision for vehicles bearing clean fuel license plates.
  • HB310: Higher Education, Council of; eligibility to be elected chairman of student advisory committee.
  • HB456: Private waste companies; requirements thereof.
  • HB457: Conflicts of Interest Act, State and Local; exemption for faculty papers.
  • HB458: Public Procurement Act; public body to enter into cooperative procurement for professional services.
  • HB526: Street rods and custom vehicles; titling and registration.
  • HB527: Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund; created.
  • HB528: Retail Sales & Use Tax; exemption for clothing and computers.
  • HB682: Student Financial Security Program; created.
  • HB683: DMV; assessment of fees on certain drivers.
  • HB684: Erosion & Sediment Control & Stormwater Management Acts; clarifies acceptable flow rates.
  • HB1000: Tolls; failure to pay, penalty.
  • HB1001: Liability insurance policies; notices.
  • HB1453: Safety belts; exempts certain law-enforcement officers, etc. from wearing thereof.
  • HB1555: Transportation; provides for new funding in Northern Virginia.
  • HB1612: DMV; assessment of fees on certain drivers, use of fees collected.
  • HB5034: DMV; additional fees on certain drivers, use of fees collected.
  • HJ34: Constitutional amendment; excludes privately owned motor vehicles from property taxation (1st ref).
  • HJ76: Fire department & rescue squad volunteers; joint subcommittee to study income tax incentives.
  • HJ315: Celebrating the life of Pamela S. Manas.
  • HJ316: Commending Joy Trickett.
  • HJ342: Commending Stephen Hockett.
  • HJ5040: Commending the Town of Herndon's Hispanic Heritage Festival.
  • HJ5075: Commending the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce.
  • HJ5162: Commending John T. Frey.
  • HR503: Commending Hyeon Kon Lee.