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Joseph D. Morrissey

Joseph D. Morrissey
Morrissey in 2010
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 74th district
Assumed office
January 2008
Preceded by A. Donald McEachin
Personal details
Born ( 1957 -09-23) September 23, 1957 (age 56)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Children Angela, Lindsey
Residence Richmond, Virginia
Alma mater University of Virginia
Georgetown University Law Center
Trinity College, Dublin
Occupation Businessman
Profession Politician
Committees Education; Health, Welfare and Institutions; Privileges and Elections
Religion Roman Catholic

Joseph Dee Morrissey[1] (born September 23, 1957) is an American politician and lawyer from Henrico, Virginia. A Democrat, he served as Commonwealth's Attorney of Richmond, Virginia 1989–93 and was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November 2007. He currently represents the 74th district, made up of Charles City County and parts of Henrico and Prince George Counties and the cities of Hopewell and Richmond.[2]

Background and education

Joe Morrissey is a descendant of John Morrissey, a 19th century U.S. Congressman and one-time bare-knuckle boxer.[3]

Morrissey received a B.A. in economics at the University of Virginia in 1979, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law School in 1982.

He taught government as a high school teacher, and was in private practice as an attorney from 1993-2000.[4]

He was a lecturer of Law at Portobello College in Ireland from 2001-2002); taught law school at the Dublin Institute of Technology for two years (2001-2003), and in Australia at the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Sydney in 2003 until he was fired for failing to disclose the fact he had been disbarred.[5] New South Wales Bar Association on 26 April 2006 found Mr Morrissey was "not a fit and proper person to be admitted as a legal practitioner".[6] He earned a master of laws degree with honors at Trinity College, Dublin in 2003.[7]

On December 21, 2001, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Joseph D. Morrissey was disbarred and on April 25, 2003, his license was revoked by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.[1] Frequent episodes of unethical, contumacious, or otherwise inappropriate conduct mar Joseph D. Morrissey's career as prosecutor and private defence attorney," the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit noted in September 2002. "Evidence … demonstrates Morrissey's 15-year history of contempt citations, reprimands, fines, suspensions, and even incarcerations arising from unprofessional conduct mostly involving an uncontrollable temper, inappropriate responses to stress and dishonesty."[5]

On December 16, 2011 The Supreme Court of Virginia approved a Petition for his reinstatement to the Bar,[8] although he remains ineligible to practice in the federal court.

Gun on the floor

Morrissey attracted national attention in January 2013, when during a debate on gun control he pulled an unloaded AK-47 from under his desk and flourished it on the floor of the House of Delegates, after a Republican-controlled subcommittee had killed a bill of his that would have tightened gun controls in the commonwealth on weapons such as AK-47s. He announced, "A lot of people don't know that in many locations in the commonwealth, you can take this gun, you can walk in the middle of Main Street loaded and not be in violation of the law."[9][10][11] While debating the bill, Morrissey was seen with his finger in the trigger.[12] A major violation of the three basic gun safety rules.[13]

Investigation 2013

It was reported on August 29, that Morrissey was being investigated by police over an incident with a 17 year old girl.[14] According to the reports the father of the girl called police. The father ed that police bring his daughter back home from the house of Morrissey. The girl said that her mother knew she was at Morrissey's house. Police said the case remains an investigation and that charges have not been filed as of yet.[14]

Personal life

Morrissey is currently single, and is the father of three daughters, Angela, Lindsay and Kennedy. He lives in Henrico, and is a Catholic.



External links

  • Project Vote Smart - Representative Joseph D. Morrissey (VA) profile
  • Washington Post - Joseph D. Morrissey local election 2008 profile
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