Eight of 13 Virginia House committee chairs raised less money than the average member this cycle

Elections for all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are taking place on November 2, 2021. Democrats hold 55 seats and Republicans hold 45 seats. This is the first election cycle since 1999 with Democrats defending a majority in the chamber.

Committee chair fundraising

State legislative committee chairs set a committee’s legislative agenda. As a result of this legislative influence, they often raise more money than their counterparts in a state legislature. The average amount raised by delegates who did not serve as a committee chair was $364,123. The funds raised by each of the House’s 13 committee chairs are shown below. 

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Virginia candidate political action committees (candidate PACs) submitted to the Virginia Department of Elections. It includes fundraising activity between Jan. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs.

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