Robert Lee Ware Jr. (1952 –


Robert Lee Ware, Jr. (born August 20, 1952) is an American politician. Since 1998 he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 65th district west of Richmond, made up of Powhatan County and parts of Chesterfield, Fluvanna and Goochland Counties. He is a member of the Republican Party.[1]

Ware has served on the House committees on Agriculture (1998–2001), Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (2002–), Claims (1998–1999), Commerce and Labor (2002–), Conservation and Natural Resources (1998–2001), Corporations, Insurance and Banking (1998–2001), Finance (2001–), Militia and Police (2000–2001), Militia, Police and Public Safety (2002–2003), Mining and Mineral Resources (1998–2000), and Rules (2010–

Early life, education, career

Ware was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. degree in history and literature from Wheaton College in 1974, and an M.A. from Harvard University.[1][3]

Ware taught history and government at Powhatan High School for 15 years. He later taught at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Academy. In 2012 he became academic dean of Benedictine College Preparatory School.[4]

Chairman of Natural Resources Subcommittee

Delegate Ware is also on the House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources and is the Chairman for the Natural Resources Subcommittee. Delegate Ware has been the Chairman of the Committee since 2004.

Signature Issue During Term – Opposition to Selective Ban on Sunday Hunting

Delegate Ware has historically opposed efforts to lift Virginia’s selective ban on Sunday hunting.[5] [6]

During the debate on February 1, 2012 [7] in the Powhatan Today opinion section Delegate Ware expressed his concern over the dangers surrounding hunting activities in these quotes. “Bullets travel without regard to property lines—and so do shotgun pellets or slugs or even arrows from powerful-enough bows. And always, for an unsuspecting equestrian, there is the peril of encountering a hunter who misconstrues a horse—or a person—for a deer or any other game.” “Equestrians, hikers, bikers, picnickers, bird-watchers, fishermen, canoeists, kayakers: all of these wish, too, to enjoy Virginia’s great outdoors, often on Sunday—and they wish to do so without the threat inevitably posed by the presence of rifle- or shotgun-toting hunters.”

In 2014, the General Assembly passed and the Governor signed legislation to permit hunting on Sunday allowing private property owners to choose for their own property, not within 200 yards of church, and no use of hunting deer with hounds. [8] This victory was passed by large margin of 71 in favor and the minority at 27 against.[9] In summation of this signature issue the following was published: “We are riding on a House victory that makes it very clear to everyone that the strangle hold a few had over Sunday hunting should have been released many years ago. Once the democratic process was allowed to work, the will of the people was clear.” [10]

Electoral history

Ware served two terms on the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors, 1988–1996. He was board chairman for one year.[1][3]

On December 17, 1997, state Senator Joseph B. Benedetti resigned his seat to accept Governor-elect Jim Gilmore‘s offer to become head of the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. 65th district Delegate John Watkins was chosen to succeed Benedetti in a special election on January 6, 1998. On January 13, the day before the Virginia General Assembly convened, Ware won a special election to replace Watkins. He was sworn in three days later.[11][12]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 65th district
Jan 13, 1998[12] Special R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 7,479 65.42
Edward B. Barber Democratic 3,550 31.05
Jeffrey M. Keegan 396 3.46
Write Ins 8 0.07
John Watkins was elected to the Senate; seat stayed Republican
Nov 2, 1999[13] General R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 10,183 77.07
Timothy R. Belton 3,016 22.83
Write Ins 13 0.10
Nov 6, 2001[14] General R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 18,851 74.93
Christine K. Lowrie Democratic 5,802 23.06
John H. Girardeau III Libertarian 498 1.98
Write Ins 7 0.03
Nov 4, 2003[15] General R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 10,131 75.12
Robert E. Williams Democratic 3,351 24.85
Write Ins 4 0.03
Nov 8, 2005[16] General R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 23,851 96.88
Write Ins 768 3.12
Nov 6, 2007[17] General R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 14,944 98.02
Write Ins 301 1.97
Nov 3, 2009[18] General R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 21,887 71.46
Gary R. Reinhardt 8,682 28.34
Write Ins 56 0.18
Nov 8, 2011[19] General R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 14,991 97.59
Write Ins 369 2.40
Nov 5, 2013[20] General R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 19,839 67.60
William E. Quarles, Jr. Democratic 9,431 32.14
Write Ins 76 0.26
Nov 3, 2015[21] General R. Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 19,836 98.69
Write Ins 262 1.31

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