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Rob Bell (Virginia politician)

Rob Bell
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 58th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2002
Preceded by Paul Clinton Harris
Personal details
Born Robert B. Bell III
( 1967 -04-23) April 23, 1967 (age 47)
Palo Alto, California
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Virginia
University of Virginia School of Law
Profession Lawyer, politician
Committees Courts of Justice; Health, Welfare and Institutions; Privileges and Elections

Robert B. "Rob" Bell III (born April 23, 1967) is an American politician. He has been a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002, representing the 58th district in the Virginia Piedmont, including Greene County and parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Rockingham Counties.[1] In 2013, Bell ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia.

Virginia House of Delegates


In 2012, Bell voted in favor of a bill requiring all women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound prior to having an abortion, except in cases of rape and incest, wherein police reports must be presented.[2][3] While massive silent protests outside the Virginia state capitol initially resulted in the bill’s patron holding off on the vote on the bill, it was passed the next day.[4] On March 1, 2012, Bell voted in favor of an amended version of the bill requiring women to undergo an transabdominal ultrasound prior to an abortion if written consent for a transvaginal ultrasound is not obtained, and no ultrasound at all if the physician deems it impossible to determine fetal age through the prescribed means.[5][6]

Citizenship inquiries

During the 2012 legislative session, Bell was the primary sponsor of a bill requiring police to inquire into the citizenship of anyone arrested, regardless of criminal charges. The bill was widely criticized by civil rights organizations and failed to pass.[7]


In 2012 and 2013, Bell patroned the "Tebow Bill", named for Tim Tebow, which would allow homeschooled students meeting academic standards the opportunity to participate in public school sports teams and other extracurricular activities.[8]

Public safety

As of 2013, Bell serves as the Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.[9]

In 2006, Bell wrote legislation to bar violent sex offenders from school property following public outrage over a convicted sex offender serving as a Santa Claus at an elementary school.[10] In 2012, Bell expanded this ban to cover school buses and school-affiliated events.[11]

In 2008, Bell wrote legislation to require school superintendants to screen job applicants for a history of child abuse convictions in Virginia and other states, as well as criminalize the misrepresentation of an applicant's offender status.[12]

Attorney General

On December 6, 2011, Bell announced that he was a candidate for the 2013 Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia.[13] State Senator Mark Obenshain won the nomination over Bell by a 55%-45% margin at a statewide convention in Richmond on May 18, 2013.[14]

Electoral history

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 58th district
Nov 6, 2001[15] General R B Bell III Republican 13,627 59.95
C S Martin Democratic 9,088 39.98
Write Ins 17 0.07
Paul Clinton Harris retired; seat stayed Republican
Nov 4, 2003[16] General R B Bell III Republican 13,267 98.64
Write Ins 183 1.36
Nov 8, 2005[17] General R B Bell III Republican 15,831 62.04
S H Koleszar Democratic 9,676 37.92
Write Ins 11 0.04
Nov 6, 2007[18] General Robert B. Bell III Republican 16,220 98.30
Write Ins 280 1.69
Nov 3, 2009[19] General Robert B. Bell III Republican 18,402 67.24
Cynthia Neff Democratic 8,948 32.69
Write Ins 16 0.05
Nov 8, 2011[20] General Robert B. Bell III Republican 17,227 98.20
Write Ins 315 1.79

Financial support

Bell's top campaign donor is former coal magnate Richard Baxter Gilliam.[21]


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