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Kathy Byron

Kathy Byron
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 22nd district
Assumed office
January 14, 1998
Preceded by Joyce Crouch
Personal details
Born ( 1953 -09-05) September 5, 1953 (age 60)
Abingdon, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) John T. Byron
Children Amy Manzi, John Byron Jr., Joe Byron
Committees Science and Technology (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Religion Baptist

Kathy J. Byron (born September 5, 1953) is an American politician. Since 1998 she has been a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 22nd district in the Virginia Piedmont, consisting of parts of Bedford, Campbell and Franklin Counties and the city of Lynchburg.[1]

House of Delegates

In February 2012, she sponsored HB462,[2] a bill that would require that Virginia women seeking an abortion would have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, without her written consent and even if it is against the wishes of her doctor.[3]

After the controversy caused by passing of this bill by Virginia representatives,[4] Governor Bob McDonnell amended the bill to include language that would require the written consent of the woman seeking an abortion, and would also require only a transabdominal ultrasound.[5] However, Rep. Kathy Byron urged rejection of the amendment on its grounds that a transvaginal ultrasound is an invasive procedure because, “If we want to talk about invasiveness, there's nothing more invasive than the procedure that she is about to have," she said,[6] referring to her belief that abortions harm viable persons within the womb.

Electoral history

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 22nd district
Nov 4, 1997[7] General Kathy J. Byron Republican 10,232 59.04
Kaye Sweeney Lipscomb Democratic 7,082 40.87
Write Ins 16 0.92
Joyce Crouch retired; seat stayed Republican
Nov 2, 1999[8] General K J Byron Republican 7,880 63.86
J P Campbell Democratic 4,440 35.98
Write Ins 19 0.15
Nov 6, 2001[9] General K J Byron Republican 11,564 56.32
W S Miles III 8,968 43.68
Nov 4, 2003[10] General K J Byron Republican 12,946 99.95
Write Ins 6 0.05
Nov 8, 2005[11] General K J Byron Republican 15,343 99.03
Write Ins 151 0.97
Nov 6, 2007[12] General Kathy J. Byron Republican 8,783 98.98
Write Ins 90 1.01
Nov 3, 2009[13] General Kathy J. Byron Republican 18,107 98.99
Write Ins 183 1.00
Nov 8, 2011[14] General Kathy J. Byron Republican 12,922 97.69
Write Ins 305 2.30


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