Richard Anderson (Politician)

Richard L. Anderson
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 35th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2010
Preceded by Paul F. Nichols
Personal details
Born (1955-05-30) May 30, 1955 (age 59)
Roanoke, Virginia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ruth Marian Valentine
Residence Woodbridge, Virginia
Alma mater Virginia Tech
Webster University
Profession Military officer (retired)
Committees Finance
General Laws
Science and Technology
Religion Baptist
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1979–2009
Rank Colonel (USAF)
Brigadier General (CAP)
Commands Civil Air Patrol National Commander

Richard L. "Rich" Anderson (born May 30, 1955) is an American politician. Since 2010 he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 51st district in the Prince William County suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Republican Party.[1]

Anderson has served on the House committees on Finance (2010–), General Laws (2010–), Science and Technology (2010–), and Transportation (2012–).[2]

Early life, education, career

Anderson was born in Roanoke, Virginia, and attended Northside High School there. He received a B.A. degree in political science from Virginia Tech in 1979.[1]

Anderson was commissioned in the United States Air Force after graduation, serving in Titan II and Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile units, as well as other command and staff positions. He received an M.A. in public administration from Webster University in 1982. He also attended the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College and Armed Forces Staff College. He retired in 2009 in the rank of colonel. His wife, the former Ruth Valentine, also served in the Air Force for 21 years.[1][3]

Anderson joined the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as a cadet in 1969, and has been a CAP member since then. He served as National Commander with the CAP rank of brigadier general August 1993 – August 1996,[4] and was chairman of the CAP Board of Governors February 2011 – February 2013.[5]

Electoral history

After his Air Force retirement, Anderson entered politics, gaining the Republican nomination for the Virginia House of Delegates 51st district in the 2009 election. He defeated first-term Democrat Paul F. Nichols by less than two percentage points.[6]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 51st district
Nov 3, 2009[7] General Richard L. Anderson Republican 7,940 50.78
Paul F. Nichols Democratic 7,671 49.05
Write Ins 25 0.15
Incumbent lost; seat switched from Democratic to Republican
Nov 8, 2011[8] General Richard L. Anderson Republican 11,296 95.49
Write Ins 533 4.50


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