Chap Petersen
American politician
Chap Petersen
John Chapman "Chap" Petersen is an American politician. A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–06 and was elected to the Virginia State Senate in November 2007. He currently represents the state's 34th district, made up of the city of Fairfax and part of Fairfax County.
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Bob McDonnell Ends Term In Virginia Statehouse With Scandal-Stained Year
Huffington Post - about 3 years
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bob McDonnell's national profile ascended fast in four years as Virginia governor. He delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union Address in 2010. He became chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2011 and was widely mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick just over a year ago. Even on the day he was passed over in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan, McDonnell introduced Mitt Romney at a Norfolk naval museum and basked in the Republican candidate's public praise. "What a great governor you have," Romney told cheering Virginians. "What a terrific man and a terrific leader. Way to go." That was then. McDonnell leaves office in January under the cloud of a federal investigation that has overshadowed his accomplishments, risks tarnishing his legacy and perhaps has crippled beyond repair a once-promising political future. He hasn't ruled out a return to politics — though his options seem limited. He told The Associated Press in a recent inte ...
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Bicyclists Push for Share-the-Road Laws
Burke Patch - about 4 years
By Katherine Johnson and Blake Belden, Capital News Service State Sen. Chap Petersen, whose District includes a part of Chantilly, was among the legislators who joined Virginia bicyclists on Jan. 29 for a Bicycle Action Day in Richmond, an event designed to support state legislators who are introducing bills that aim to make roads and biking safer across the Commonwealth. About 15 bicyclists – members of RideRichmond,  a nonprofit organization of bicycle enthusiasts, and their supporters – met on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus and biked to the General Assembly Building to demonstrate support for legislation that would require drivers to give bicycles more room on the road. “It’s our day to be supportive and loud,” RideRichmond bicyclist Brantley Tyndall said of the group's first action day. He said the bicycle safety legislation would benefit everyone, not just bicyclists. Tyndall said the bills are not specifically “pro-bike,” but instead “pro-all road user ...
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Look Back, Look Ahead: Fairfax County News to Know
Burke Patch - about 4 years
Supervisor John Cook, Residents Break Ground at Site of New Park Braddock District residents and Supervisor John Cook helped break ground Wednesday at the site of the former Kings West Swim Club and the new location of Rabbit Run community park at 4803 Tapestry Dr., in Fairfax. The new park, which Cook called a "win-win-win" for Fairfax County residents, will include a new stormwater management facility in addition to the park, which will replace the clubhouse and parking lot. Police Close Election Fraud Investigation Into Congressman's Son; No Charges Filed Patrick Moran, the congressman's son who was caught on tape seemingly giving advice on how to skirt voter identification laws, will not face any criminal charges, the Arlington County Police Department announced Thursday. Authorities have concluded their three-month investigation into election offense allegations against Moran, son of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat who represents parts of Northern Virginia. ...
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Nancy Pelosi Headlines Major Fundraiser for Fairfax Democrats
Chantilly Patch - almost 5 years
Nearly 500 Democrats, gathered Sunday night at the  Tysons Corner Hilton for their major fundraiser, promised to keep Virginia blue and heard from U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The guests* ranged from Democratic congressmen Jim Moran, (8th) and Gerry Connolly (11th) to state legislators, county supervisors, school board members, 2012 candidates, staffers from the Obama campaign  and anonymous Democratic party workers who are the party's front line troops. This was the county Democrats first annual Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt dinner. Special guest: Anna Eleanor Fierst, great granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor. She is vice president for administration of the Woman's National Democratic Club. "Democrats are restoring economic stability for all families," said Cesar del Aguila, newly elected chair of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee as he kicked off the dinner. McLean residents Margi Vanderhye, who is chair of the  county Democrats Wom ...
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Speak Out: Petersen's Solar Freedom Bill Overturned
Oakton Patch - almost 5 years
The Virginia Senate rejected an appeal to override Gov. Bob McDonnell's veto of what's known as the solar freedom bill Wednesday, disappointing state Sen. Chap Petersen, who sponsored the legislation. "This is a common sense bill that would have brought high-paying, high-technology jobs across Virginia while protecting individual property rights within HOAs," Petersen wrote in a statement. "While the Governor continues to protect big coal and provide subsidies for mountaintop mining, Virginia tax payers are losing out on thousands of Federal tax credits from clean, efficient solar energy." The bill (HB 627), which passed the Senate on a 31-8 vote during the legislative session, attempted to invalidate any community associations' provisions enacted before July 1, 2008, that prevented people from installing solar panels on their residences. July 1, 2008, is when the original bill calling for solar freedom became effective. McDonnell, a Republican, vetoed the bill Tuesday, statin ...
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Temper tantrum or transportation?
Roanoke.com - almost 5 years
So, the news out of Richmond today is the General Assembly has failed to pass a budget. Michael Sluss has this breaking news report here. Meanwhile, we’ve received competing statements from both parties, almost back-to-back. The Republicans say it’s a Democratic temper tantrum over losing committee seats; the Democrats say it’s about Republicans’ failure to deal with transportation. What do think? Here are the two statements. First, the Republicans (since theirs arrived first): Temper Tantrum Redux: Senate Democrats Find New Excuse to Push for Government Shutdown — After jumping from reason to reason, Democrats settle on New Issue – — Shutdown Vote Threatens Transportation Projects All Over Virginia — Democrats have been warning since they lost in November that they would do whatever was necessary to overturn the will of the voters and hold on to their key committee assignments. But don’t take our word for it. Let’s take a look back at the timeline: * First, they file ...
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Today?s Q&A: Sens. Rob Garagiola and Chap Petersen, and PG Exec Baker
TBD - almost 5 years
Today on NewsTalk, Sen. Rob Garagiola (D-Montgomery) talked about the fight over pensions and gay marriage, his congressional campaign, ethics, and allegations from his primary challenger. Sen. <a class="fplink fp-43623" href="/Chap+Petersen+1">Chap Petersen</a> (D-Fairfax) discussed the budget stalemate in Richmond. And Prince George’s Executive Rushern Baker talked about gambling, hopes for a new hospital, and the Karen Toles incident. WATCH today’s interview here: Tuesday at 10am: WJFK Radio’s JP Flaim talks about his book, “Chasing Rocky”
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Legislative Session Preview: Chap Petersen
Fairfax City Patch - about 5 years
Though prepared for the likely arguments over selecting judges, passing the state budget and forming committees now that the Senate is evenly split between the parties, Sen. <a class="fplink fp-43623" href="/chap+petersen">Chap Petersen</a> said he is not changing his own proposed legislation in the 2012 General Assembly session just because the Democrats lost control of the chamber. "The bills that I've had pass in the past have by and large had bipartisan support. It's not like I've had a lot of bills pass on a 21-19 margin, and if they did they didn't get anywhere in the House," Petersen (D-34th District) said. "The fact that it's now 20-20, that's not going to change my own personal legislation." Though his own priorities for the upcoming session remain much the same as last session, he said predicting the focus of 2012 General Assembly is nearly impossible. "You never know what the priority is going to be until you get there," Petersen said. The session begins Wedn ...
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Fairfax City Patch article
Janet Oleszek Declares Victory - Burke Connection
Google News - over 5 years
Chap Petersen (D-34) who endorsed Oleszek immediately after she filed to run in June, and Rex Simmons, chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Oleszek said she was looking forward to a spirited contest with Cook
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Eve of the Primary: Gay Senate Candidate Adam Ebbin's Endorsements - Metro Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
John Edwards (D-Roanoke) and Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and former 11th District US Rep. Leslie Byrne (D-Fairfax). US Rep. Jim Moran (D-Arlington) has stayed neutral in the race, while US Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Fairfax), one of Byrne&#39;s successors,
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District 34: Petersen and Culipher Campaign This Weekend - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Virginia Senator Chap Petersen and his competitor, Gerarda Culipher, won&#39;t be on Tuesday&#39;s ballot, but you can still get involved in their campaigns this weekend. SATURDAY: Join Petersen at a cocktail reception to benefit his reelection campaign
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District 34: Who are Chap Petersen's Big Spenders? - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Senator Chap Petersen during Vienna Elementary Schools 7th Annual 5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on May 1. VPAP, which maintains an election finance database, says one of his biggest contributors is AOL, Patch&#39;s parent company
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District 34: A Running Start on Election Coverage - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Thanks for reading District 34, a Patch column on the race between Oakton&#39;s Gerarda Culipher and Fairfax City&#39;s Chap Petersen to secure Virginia Senate District No. 34. This column serves as a one-click stop to all the latest in Petersen and Culipher
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The Progressive - Virginia Connection Newspapers
Google News - over 5 years
Ten Democratic members of the House of Delegates have endorsed Adam Ebbin, including local delegates Bob Brink (D-48) and Patrick Hope (D-47), as well as state Senators Chap Petersen (D-34) and John Edwards (D-21). Former US Rep
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Petersen Wants Voters to Choose Who They Know - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Chap Petersen&#39;s family has been in Fairfax City for generations. Raised in within the city limits, just a few streets away from his law office, he is now raising his own expanding family — his wife gave birth to their fourth child
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Primary Race for Braddock Supervisor Quiets Down - Burke Connection
Google News - over 5 years
Chap Petersen&#39;s (D-34). For several weeks, the political maneuvering generated a flash of blog hysteria and theories. But that was June, a lifetime ago in election years. “Right now, I&#39;m knocking on doors, and the campaign is going very well,” Wade
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'Bedrock Conservative' Pits Simple Campaign Against Petersen - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Chap Petersen (D). On June 30, the last financial reporting date for candidates, she had raised about $37000 compared to his more than $565000. But to Culipher, it&#39;s about the 34th District trusting her ideas. &quot;My opponent and I are as different as
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Fairfax's Explosive Tradition - Arlington Connection
Google News - over 5 years
Chap Petersen (D-34) greeted residents at the gate and handed out campaign fans. “July Fourth is a great day to be an American. But then again so is every day,” Petersen said. During the event, Lederer reminded the crowd that the “celebration wouldn&#39;t
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chap Petersen
    THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 38
    During the week of October 22, 2007, the Devolites-Davis campaign sent out 60,000 campaign flyers accusing Petersen of not disclosing that his former law firm was working on issues that Petersen voted on while in the House of Delegates.
    More Details Hide Details The flyer included a copy of a section of Petersen's Statement of Economic Interest, which he filed while serving in the House. It includes Petersen's home address, telephone number, and the names of his wife and children, which were not redacted. Petersen held a press conference on October 26 in front of Devolites-Davis' headquarters in Fairfax. He said that "words cannot describe the anger I feel" about the flyer, and called it "shocking" that Devolites-Davis would use his personal information in such a manner. Petersen said that advertising his personal information was not in and of itself a problem, but using it in an attack ad went too far. Such tactics, Petersen said, endangered his family. Devolites-Davis said in her own press conference that Petersen himself published the names and pictures of his family, and showed a mailer from the Petersen campaign showing pictures of his children. The mailer identifies the children by name. She claimed the Petersen campaign uploaded a video to YouTube which brought up her daughter's armed robbery conviction of several years ago. According to WUSA, there is no evidence that anyone from the Petersen camp uploaded the video.
    In mid-October 2007, Devolites-Davis, Petersen's opponent, began running television ads showing a photo of her opponent Chap Petersen with text stating "Supports Increasing the Estate Tax", "Supports a 38 cent gas tax increase", and "Voted for Concealed Weapons on School Property" superimposed.
    More Details Hide Details The voiceover attributed these allegations to Petersen's prior votes in the Virginia House of Delegates. Davis's website contains references to past Petersen votes. He responded that he never voted to increase the Virginia estate tax. Petersen co-sponsored bills, including SB 1309, intending to preserve the tax for Virginians in higher income brackets. Petersen also denied ever supporting a 38 cent gas tax increase. He recently explained that he supported the current law which makes it a felony to possess a gun on school grounds, but voted for a bipartisan bill, HB 2535, which gave a limited exception to parents with licensed concealed carry permits who pick up their children at school, for just school driveways. That bill was signed into law in 2005.
    He defeated incumbent Republican Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis, wife of Congressman Thomas M. Davis, in the November 2007 election, taking 55% of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details The district had been the most Democratic state senate district held by a Republican.
    Petersen announced his candidacy for the 34th district seat in the State Senate, Wednesday, January 3, 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    In 2006, Petersen was a senior advisor to Democratic Senate candidate Jim Webb, who defeated incumbent Republican Senator George Allen.
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005, Petersen ran for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details He was defeated in the Democratic primary, finishing third with 22% of the vote in a four-way race, behind State Senator Leslie L. Byrne and State Delegate Viola Baskerville, but ahead of State Senator Phil Puckett.
  • 2002
    Age 33
    A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 2002 - 06, was elected to the Virginia State Senate in November 2007, and was reelected in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He the state's 34th district, made up of the city of Fairfax and large parts of Fairfax County.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    Petersen served on the Fairfax city council 1998 - 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He was elected to two terms in the House of Delegates, both times (2001 and 2003) defeating his predecessor, Republican Jack Rust.
  • 1990
    Age 21
    He received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1990 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994, when he began practicing law.
    More Details Hide Details He a partner with the law firm of Surovell, Markle, Isaacs & Levy, PLC. Petersen's wife Sharon Kim (born September 10, 1970, Daegu, South Korea), is a practicing attorney; the couple have four children.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 17
    Petersen graduated from Fairfax High School in 1986.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on March 27, 1968.
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