State Senator (VA-21)

Employer / Organization

Virginia State Senate District 21

Next Election

Nov 05, 2019

Filing Window

Mar 11, 2019 - Jun 11, 2019


A Virginia State Senator serves in the upper house of the bicameral Virginia State Legislature. Virginia has 40 senators, who each represent one district within the state. Each senator represents about 208,150 constituents from their respective districts. Primary responsibilities of a senator include, developing budget packages, making taxation decisions, passing legislation, allocating spending, and redistricting in collaboration with other senators and the house of representatives. Additionally, the senate has the exclusive authority to try officials impeached by the house in addition to authorizing certain executive appointments. Leadership in the senate is guided by the Senate President, who, after being chosen by the majority party caucus, and elected by the entire senate body, is charged with assigning each senator to various committees and leadership positions. A Virginia senator serves a four-year term, and with no limit on the number of terms served. The salary of the position is $18,000 per year in addition to a $180 per diem for every day in session.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Virginia Department of Elections to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the appropriate candidate filing forms. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including a Statement of Organization, a Certificate of Candidate Qualification, a Declaration of Candidacy, a Petition of Qualified Voters, a Statement of Economic Interests and a Filing Fee. Next, if you are running as an independent, file these papers with the Virginia Department of Elections. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party headquarters for additional information. The location to file the forms listed above varies depending on the type of district you are running as a candidate in, please contact the Virginia Department of elections to confirm the correct location to file these forms. 3) Submit the filing paperwork by the filing deadline, which is the the 2nd Tuesday in June at 7:00pm for independent candidates. The Virginia Department of Elections, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have, can be reached by phone at (804) 864-8901 or by email at Another source for candidate information is your local general registrat. Local general registrat contact information can be found here: The 2015 candidates guide for state assembly positions can be found here: The 2016 candidates guide for running for U.S. Representative can be found here:

Submit application to:
Virginia State Board of Elections, 1100 Bank St, Richmond, VA, 23219, US