Delegate Watkins Abbitt (I-Appomattox)

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59: Counties of Albemarle (part), Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna (part), Nelson, and Prince Edward (part) [map]
Took Office
January 1986
Left Office
January 2012
Copatroning Habits
62% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 70% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 56% of them are Republicans.
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Though Del. Abbitt is a Republican -- he votes with Republicans and caucuses with Republicans -- he labels himself as an independent. This may well come from his recognition that his political reputation is inherited from the long-lived political career of his father, Watkins Abbitt Sr., who represented the area in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat for 25 years.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Times Virginian: Peake Makes Final Push for VA State Senate in 22nd District

January 3, 2017
Many conservative leaders in the area have endorsed Peake, including Commonwealth Attorney Darrel Puckett, former Congressman Virgil Goode, former Delegate Watkins Abbitt, Jr., current Delegate Matt Fariss, and Congressmen Robert Hurt, Dave Brat, ...

The Hook: Watkins Abbitt: Incumbent and sorghum squeezer

November 1, 2003
While politics seem to run in the nine-term delegate's family? his father, another Watkins M. Abbitt, served in the U.S. Congress for 25 years, and a federal building in Farmville bears his name? he originally didn't plan to follow in his father's ...

Washington Times: Va. House seeker admits affair with student

October 27, 2011
The disclosure came two weeks before the election in which Ms. Wall, Democrat Connie Brennan and Republican Matt Fariss are vying for the vacant seat of Delegate Watkins Abbitt, an independent from Appomattox who is retiring after 26 years in the House ...and more »

The Hook: COVER- Stupid legislative tricks? 2900 bills flood General Assembly

February 14, 2008
"They think it's a good thing, that their constituents want it," said former delegate Mitch Van Yahres a week before his February 8 death. "Sometimes it's just to correct an error in the code. I think legislators tend to put in too many bills ...

The Hill: Tribe: Keystone vote is 'act of war'

November 17, 2014
Tribe: Keystone vote is 'act of war'The president of a South Dakota-based Native American tribe says it will be an ?act of war? if Congress authorizes construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. ?We are outraged by the lack of intergovernmental cooperation,? Rosebud Sioux Tribe ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Watkins Abbitt’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2009. There are 14 video clips in all.


  • HB2163: Abandoned motor vehicle; definition.
  • HB2164: Railroad tracks; funding for construction of industrial access.
  • HB2165: Menhaden fishing; Marine Resource Commission to assess fee for those caught with purse net.
  • HB2166: Summer flounder; MRC to adopt regulations that establish size limits for commercial fishermen.
  • HB2167: Biscuit Run; DCR to negotiate land exchange of certain acres in Albemarle County.
  • HB2168: Uniform Statewide Building Code; harmonizes statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions.
  • HB2457: Abandoned and salvage vehicles; revises definition, penalty.
  • HB2458: Demolished or dismantled motor vehicles; licensee requirements.
  • HJ644: United Cherokee Indian Tribe of Virginia, Incorporated; extends official state recognition.
  • HJ891: Celebrating the life of Edward J. LeSueur.
  • HB939: Insurance agents; continuing education program.
  • HB940: Hunting and trapping; reduces penalty for violations.
  • HB941: Charitable gaming; regulations of Charitable Gaming Board defining electronic, etc., equipment.
  • HB942: Charitable gaming; limits authority of VDACS to revoke permits.
  • HJ372: Commending the Nelson County High School one-act play ensemble.
  • HJ383: Commending Barbara Williams.
  • HR6: Commending the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Department of Tra
  • HB79: License plates, special; issuance to members and supporters of Citizens Defense League.
  • HB2168: Stormwater offsets; authorizes permit-issuing authorities to allow permit holders to comply.
  • HB2169: Towing and Recovery Operators, Board of; membership, powers & duties relating to suspension, etc.
  • HB2390: Alcoholic beverage control; designates as agents of ABC Board any licensed distiller who blends.
  • HB2624: Central Va. Criminal Justice Acad.; may enter into agreemt. to train private correctional personnel.
  • HB2625: Emergency medical services provider; procedure upon receipt of complaint.
  • HJ795: Celebrating the life of George Frank Harris.
  • HJ801: Commending Ernest Allen Talbert.
  • HJ810: Commending Sandra Moss.
  • HB78: Health insurance; credits for certain retired public officers and employees.
  • HB79: License plates, special; issuance to members and supporters of Citizens Defense League.
  • HB177: Charter; Town of Appomattox.
  • HB1115: Forest protection; increases annual amount a locality pays to State Forester therefor.
  • HB1116: Environmental impact reports; required for any major state construction project over $500,000.
  • HB1445: Schools for students with disabilities; administration of prescription medications.
  • HB1529: Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Awards Committee; clarifies awarding of scholarship.
  • HJ422: Celebrating the life of Laurens Lee Miles.
  • HJ423: Celebrating the life of Thomas Roswell Mayfield.
  • HJ425: Commending Edward Jackson LeSueur.
  • HB2339: Hunting & trapping; Department of Game & Inland Fisheries to sell permits therefor in state forests.
  • HB2340: Victims of driving under influence of alcohol; Transportation Board ot provide for installation.
  • HB2341: Auctioneers Board; continuing education waiver.
  • HB2342: Miller School of Albemarle; eliminates provision that 2 members of Board be appointed by Gov.
  • HB2343: Smith Mountain Lake State Park; changes name to A. Victor Thomas-Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
  • HB3077: Motorcyclists; wearing of helmets.
  • HB3078: Charitable gaming; regulation of bingo callers.
  • HB3135: State forests; designates proceeds generated to Counties of Appomattox, Buckingham, & Cumberland.
  • HB3136: Sewage sludge; prohibits land application thereof.
  • HJ831: Celebrating the life of Ray A. Dunn.
  • HJ851: Commending James H. Partridge.
  • HB22: Motor vehicle safety inspections; increase in fees.
  • HB23: Dealer's license plates; use of transporting other vehicles or parts of other vehicles.
  • HB259: Motor vehicle dealers' transaction fees; repeals sunset provision.
  • HB260: Hunting or trapping in state forests; increases fees to obtain permit.
  • HB688: Sewage sludge; restrictions on land application thereof.
  • HB689: Farmers markets; exempt from restaurant requirements.
  • HB779: Transient occupancy tax; maximum amount Nelson County may charge.
  • HB792: Subdivision streets; do not need to meet VDOT standards if they serve fewer than 3 familes per mile.
  • HB793: License plates, temporary; issuance to dealers and vehicle owners by DMV.
  • HB977: Shortline Railway Preservation and Development Fund; created.
  • HB978: Marijuana; prohibits sale near school, etc. of substance representing drug.
  • HB979: Executive branch supervisory boards; Attorney General to meet with members to explain duties, etc.
  • HJ185: Celebrating the life of Ernest Woodrow Morris.
  • HJ326: On the death of Wallace L. Shumaker.
  • HJ5149: Commending Henry M. Fulcher.
  • HR21: Commending Baptist Union Baptist Church.