Political Career of Senator Creigh Deeds

Nov. 19, 2013

CBS19 News is taking a look at Creigh Deeds' political career in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The state senator from Bath County seems to have always had an interest in law. Creigh Deeds graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1984 and has been working on his political career ever since.

Just seven years after receiving his law degree, he won an election to the Virginia House of Delegates and defeated incumbent Emmet Hanger. He kept that job for nine years working for the citizens of the Commonwealth.

In 2001, he won a special election to take over State Senator Emily Couric's seat after she died of pancreatic cancer.

While in the State Senate, Deeds proposed legislation on various topics from reducing in-state college tuition rates for children of faculty and staff to increasing the mandatory retirement age for judges, and providing special background checks for ABC agents.

In 2005, Deeds ran for Attorney General. The democrat was up against Republican Bob McDonnell for the job.

After a tight race, Deeds lost by just 360 votes.

However, that wasn't the last show down for Deeds and McDonnell.

In 2009, they faced off again. This time, they raced for the governor's mansion.

Deeds lost again, but by a much larger margin.

Losing the gubernatorial election didn't stop Creigh Deeds from working.

He has continued his work for the Commonwealth by tackling the tough issues like education, redistricting and transportation.

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