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Senator May Give Up His Seat

Anita Kumar

Sen. William C. Wampler Jr. (R-Bristol) was clearly disappointed when the Republicans lost the Senate to Democrats a few weeks ago. Wampler, a moderate who was part of the leadership team, was slated to chair the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

Instead, the Republicans lost control, and now Wampler, who runs an insurance agency, is angling for a seat on the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

One of the SCC's three commissioners, Theodore V. Morrison, Jr., has indicated that he will leave by the end of the year. The General Assembly elects members to serve on the commission that has oversight of a variety of industries including utilities, insurance, state-chartered financial institutions, securities, retail franchising and railroads.

The House, which is controlled by Republicans, would probably be willing to lend a hand to a fellow Republican. The Senate may be willing to do the same if the Democrats think they have a shot at filling the seat.

If Wampler gets the job, the state will hold a special election to replace him. Even Republicans call the southwest Virginia district a swing distrist that could be won by a Democrat. The 40th district includes part or all of Bristol City and Norton cities and Grayson, Lee, Scott, Smyth, Washington and Wise counties.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 26, 2007; 5:18 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2007 , General Assembly 2008  
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Very soon, as the Republican party further diminishes, the affiliation will be Liberals, Moderates, and Conservatives. Party designation will have no bearing...especially if the state economy tanks. High taxes will further speed this.

Posted by: fly | November 26, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Delegate Terry Kilgore is top candidate to replace Senator Wampler. While Kilgore has denied that he's seeking the seat; he IS in fact seeking the seat.

No other Republican or Democrat can beat him. He consistently gets over 70% in his district that encompasses much of the 40th Senate District.

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