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Lee Ware

Lee Ware
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 65th district
Assumed office
January 16, 1998
Preceded by John Watkins
Personal details
Born Robert Lee Ware, Jr.
( 1952 -08-20) August 20, 1952 (age 61)
Fitchburg, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathleen Annette Nulton
Children Karen Chandler, Robby Ware, Thomas Ware, Jeb Ware
Residence Powhatan County, Virginia
Alma mater Wheaton College
Harvard University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Profession Educator
Religion Roman Catholic

Robert Lee Ware, Jr. (born August 20, 1952) is an American politician. Since 1998 he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 65th district west of Richmond, made up of Powhatan County and parts of Chesterfield, Fluvanna and Goochland Counties. He is a member of the Republican Party.[1]

Ware has served on the House committees on Agriculture (1998–2001), Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (2002–), Claims (1998–1999), Commerce and Labor (2002–), Conservation and Natural Resources (1998–2001), Corporations, Insurance and Banking (1998–2001), Finance (2001–), Militia and Police (2000–2001), Militia, Police and Public Safety (2002–2003), Mining and Mineral Resources (1998–2000), and Rules (2010–).[2]

Early life, education, career

Ware was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. degree in history and literature from Wheaton College in 1974, and an M.A. from Harvard University.[1][3]

Ware taught history and government at Powhatan High School for 15 years. He later taught at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Academy. In 2012 he became academic dean of Benedictine College Preparatory School.[4]

Chairman of Natural Resources Subcommittee

Delegate Ware is also on the House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources and is the Chairman for the Natural Resources Subcommittee. Delegate Ware has been the Chairman of the Committee since 2004 and during that tenure participation on the committee has dropped from 10 members down to 7. The Vice Chair position has been left unappointed for the committee.[5]

During the previous three session Delegate Ware's Committee has been used to kill the proferred Sunday hunting bills, despite passing the Senate in 2012 GA with a commanding vote.[6] [7]

After the 2013 General Assembly in which Delegate Lee Ware's Natural Resources Committee suppressed many compromise Sunday hunting bills Roanoke College performed an independent survey that shows there is more in favor of Sunday hunting than are opposed. The independent survey asked the following question resulting these responses.[8]

32. Current state law prohibits hunting on Sunday. Do you favor or oppose allowing hunters to hunt on Sundays?

Favor 48%
Oppose 39%
Unsure 7%
Don’t know/No answer 6%

There are multiple scientific studies in recent years which have repeatedly shown that Delegate Lee Ware and the Republican party is on the wrong side of democracy and the will of the people on this issue. Virginians and Virginia's hunting community support Sunday hunting. 2012 Quinnipiac Poll - Voters also back 48 - 40 percent lifting the current prohibition on Sunday hunting on private land. The issue shows substantial partisan split as Republicans back Sunday hunting 53 - 39 percent, as do independent voters 50 - 38 percent. Democrats disagree 48 - 37 percent. Men like the idea 53 - 34 percent, while women disagree 46 - 43 percent. [9]

2007 VDGIF Report A SUMMARY OF VIRGINIA HUNTERS’ OPINIONS ON SUNDAY HUNTING The 2006 survey results indicate that 53% of all responding hunters said they Strongly Supported Sunday Hunting in Virginia, compared to 28.5% who said they were Strongly Opposed. This question was measured on a seven point scale (1=Strongly Oppose, 4=Neither oppose nor support, 7=Strongly Support). When the categories were combined, 62% of responding hunters indicated some level of support for Sunday hunting compared to 34% who were opposed. [10]

"Delegate Lee Ware doesn't believe that he is harming the future of hunting of Virginia - one of only seven states with an outright ban on sunday hunting. He probably doesn't know (even though the NRA has reported on it several times) that Virginia is one of the few states that are not gaining hunters, and in fact, Virginia is suffering approximately a 3% attrition rate for hunting license sales - one of the worst in the nation. All this while moms and dads shuttle kids around on Saturdays, and on Sundays, have to fumble for an answer when their kids ask, "Why can't we go hunting after church, but we can go fishing and target shooting and bike riding?" [11]

Additionally, at the behest of a few of his constituents and all of his campaign contributors, his actions in maintaining the Sunday Hunting ban cost the Commonwealth approximately 4,000 jobs and nearly 300 million in revenues annually. Numbers that would likely increase significantly over time if the decision to hunt, or allow hunting was placed back in the hands of the citizens of the Commonwealth.[12]

During the debate on February 1, 2012 [13] in the Powhatan Today opinion section Delegate Ware expressed his concern over the dangers surrounding hunting activities in these quotes. “Bullets travel without regard to property lines—and so do shotgun pellets or slugs or even arrows from powerful-enough bows. And always, for an unsuspecting equestrian, there is the peril of encountering a hunter who misconstrues a horse—or a person—for a deer or any other game.” “Equestrians, hikers, bikers, picnickers, bird-watchers, fishermen, canoeists, kayakers: all of these wish, too, to enjoy Virginia’s great outdoors, often on Sunday—and they wish to do so without the threat inevitably posed by the presence of rifle- or shotgun-toting hunters.”

Electoral history

Ware served two terms on the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors, 1988–1996. He was board chairman for one year.[1][3]

On December 17, 1997, state Senator Joseph Benedetti resigned his seat to accept Governor-elect Jim Gilmore's offer to become head of the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. 65th district Delegate John Watkins was chosen to succeed Benedetti in a special election on January 6, 1998. On January 13, the day before the Virginia General Assembly convened, Ware won a special election to replace Watkins. He was sworn in three days later.[14][15]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 65th district
Jan 13, 1998[15] Special R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 7,479 65.42
Edward B. Barber Democratic 3,550 31.05
Jeffrey M. Keegan 396 3.46
Write Ins 8 0.07
John Watkins was elected to the Senate; seat stayed Republican
Nov 2, 1999[16] General R L Ware Jr Republican 10,183 77.07
T R Belton 3,016 22.83
Write Ins 13 0.10
Nov 6, 2001[17] General R L Ware Jr Republican 18,851 74.93
C K Lowrie Democratic 5,802 23.06
J H Girardeau III Libertarian 498 1.98
Write Ins 7 0.03
Nov 4, 2003[18] General R L Ware Jr Republican 10,131 75.12
R E Williams Democratic 3,351 24.85
Write Ins 4 0.03
Nov 8, 2005[19] General R L Ware Jr Republican 23,851 96.88
Write Ins 768 3.12
Nov 6, 2007[20] General R. Lee Ware Jr. Republican 14,944 98.02
Write Ins 301 1.97
Nov 3, 2009[21] General R. Lee Ware Jr. Republican 21,887 71.46
Gary R. Reinhardt 8,682 28.34
Write Ins 56 0.18
Nov 8, 2011[22] General R. Lee Ware Jr. Republican 14,991 97.59
Write Ins 369 2.40


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