Mark Obenshain's file:

Republican from Virginia

Mark Obenshain, R-26th, is a Virginia State Senator. His district is comprised of Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren counties and Harrisonburg and part of Rockingham County. He joined the senate in 2004 and is chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee and also serves on the Rules, Courts of Justice, Commerce and Labor and Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources committees. Obenshain lost the 2013 Virginia attorney general's race to Democrat Mark Herring by a slim margin after a recount.  Obenshain was born in Richmond. His father, Richard Obenshain, was a Virginia Republican Committee chairman and Republican National Committee co-chairman and died in a plane crash during a U.S. Senate campaign. Obenshain graduated from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, in 1984, and received a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, in 1987.

Recent statements involving Mark Obenshain

"There are 4.7 percent of Virginians who are minimum wage earners who are over 25 years of age working full-time and trying to raise a family."

"Of the four statewide races this century within a 300-vote margin, three have been overturned in a recount."

"Mark Herring voted to allow sex offenders, including rapists, to serve shorter sentences."

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