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William J. Howell

For other people named William Howell, see William Howell (disambiguation).
William J. Howell
54th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 8, 2003
Preceded by S. Vance Wilkins, Jr.
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 28th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1992
Preceded by Clinton Miller
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 53rd district
In office
January 1988 – January 1992
Preceded by Thomas M. Moncure, Jr.
Succeeded by James M. Scott
Personal details
Born ( 1943 -05-08) May 8, 1943 (age 71)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cecelia Joy Stump
Children William, Leland
Residence Falmouth, Virginia
Alma mater University of Richmond
University of Virginia School of Law
Profession Lawyer
Committees Rules (chair)
Religion Baptist
Website www.williamjhowell.org

William James "Bill" Howell (born May 8, 1943) is an American politician. A Republican, he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 1988 and been its Speaker since 2003.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond in 1964, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1967.

He and his wife, Cecelia (Cessie) Joy Stump Howell, were married in June 1966. They have two sons: William Franklin Howell and Leland Jackson Howell, a Presbyterian minister. They also have seven grandchildren: William, Maggie, Cecelia, Jackson, Ann, Marshall and Catherine.

First elected a delegate in 1987, he represents the residents of the 28th House District, which includes parts of Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg. Prior to being elected speaker, Howell served as chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, and led the Virginia Code Commission. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest bipartisan, individual membership association of state legislators. He is a director on the board of Virginia Heartland Bank, a former director of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, a former president and campaign chairman of the Rappahannock United Way, and a past vice-chair of the board of directors of Mary Washington Hospital. Howell also has been active in Young Life, a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children and preparing them for the future.

On January 8, 2003, Bill Howell was sworn in as the 54th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]

Howell is an attorney who practices trust and estate law in a log cabin he restored that overlooks the Rappahannock River in historic Falmouth, Virginia.

Electoral history

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 53rd district
Nov 3, 1987[2] General William James Howell Republican 7,598 48.51
Thomas Y. Savage Democratic 5,752 36.72
M. Al Fagan 2,313 14.77
Thomas M. Moncure, Jr. retired; seat stayed Republican
Nov 7, 1989[2] General William James Howell Republican 12,964 99.86
Write Ins 18 0.14
Virginia House of Delegates, 28th district
Nov 5, 1991[2] General William James Howell Republican 7,805 75.24
Marcia J. Preston Democratic 2,568 24.76
Clinton Miller was redistricted out; seat stayed Republican
Nov 2, 1993[2] General William James Howell Republican 11,904 73.72
Marcia J. Preston Democratic 3,240 20.07
David E. O'Keeffe 1,002 6.21
Write Ins 1 0.01
Nov 7, 1995[3] General W J Howell Republican 10,518 69.41
M A Knight Democratic 4,633 30.57
Write Ins 2 0.01
Nov 4, 1997[4] General William J. Howell Republican 15,930 98.24
Write Ins 286 1.76
Nov 2, 1999[5] General W J Howell Republican 11,587 80.08
G T Baker 2,839 19.62
Write Ins 44 0.30
Nov 6, 2001[6] General W J Howell Republican 10,964 63.83
N C Crowley Democratic 6,196 36.07
Write Ins 17 0.10
Nov 4, 2003[7] General W J Howell Republican 7,373 96.49
Write Ins 268 3.51
Nov 8, 2005[8] General William J. Howell Republican 14,807 94.64
Write Ins 838 5.36
Nov 6, 2007[9] General William J. Howell Republican 8,726 61.70
Clyde W. Matthews Democratic 4,926 34.83
Craig E. Ennis Independent Green 457 3.23
Write Ins 9 0.05
Nov 3, 2009[10] General William J. Howell Republican 14,909 74.82
Craig E. Ennis Independent Green 4,874 24.46
Write Ins 143 0.71
Nov 8, 2011[11] General William J. Howell Republican 9,350 91.77
Write Ins 838 8.22
Jun 11, 2013[12] Republican primary William J. Howell 1,361 91.40
Craig E. Ennis 128 8.60

References

External links

  • Official Website
  • Virginia House of Delegates: Bio for William J. Howell (2008 session)
  • Virginia Public Access Project: William J. Howell
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