Tom Perriello

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Tom Perriello was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 5th district of the State of Virginia from 2009 to 2011.


Positions, record and controversies


"BP Oil Spill, Gridlock in Congress, Already Shaping November Elections in 4 States". July 7, 2010.

The article addresses how the “BP Oil Spill, Gridlock in Congress” are affecting the upcoming elections in four difference races. Specifically mentioned is Tom Perriello and the defense of his vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act by stating that “he envisioned it as a way to turn his district in the south central region of Virginia into the future energy capital of the state”.

"Perriello Issues One-Year Progress Report on 'Energy Independence' Blueprint". Tom Perriello Press Release. July 6, 2010.

Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) “unveiled a progress report on the one-year anniversary of his ‘energy independence’ blueprint, showing achievements in nearly every category”. Rep. Perriello was quoted saying, “The progress we’ve achieved signifies that the 5th district of Virginia is ready to lead in this economic secor”.


"Rep. Perriello Announces Nearly $100,000 Federal Grant to Address Nursing Shortage in Rural Virginia". Tom Perriello Press Release. June 29, 2010.

According to a press release by Rep. Tom Perriello, he secured a “$99, 900 federal grant for the South Central Virginia Area Health Education Center’s new School of Practical Nursing in Pittsylvania County.” Rep. Perriello stated that “Virginia faces a critical shortage of nurses over the next decade and the need is even more urgent in rural areas”.

"Rep. Perriello to hold veterans meeting in Bedford". WSLS10--Roanoke. July 12, 2010.

According to this article by WSLS--Roanoke, Tom Perriello will hold a meeting "to look at the current and future needs of veterans who live in rural areas of the Commonwealth". This article, while basically a press release, still shows Perriello's efforts to stay in touch with his constituents.


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"House Committee Passes Perriello's Legilsation to Reduce Deficit by $107 Million". Tom Perriello Press Release. July 1, 2010.

Two bills have “cleared key hurdles in congress”. Included in these bills are cuts in spending that total $106.8 million in “unspent transportation funds”—specifically, and among others, a $1.829 million “for the highway safety research and development program in FY2010”.


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Research and Development

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According to his campaign Web site, Perriello "will fight to ensure that all hard-working Americans are guaranteed a living wage and secure retirement." He also says he wants to "end the practice of giving tax breaks to companies that take American jobs overseas and will make sure that corporations and CEOs are held accountable for their actions."[1]


According to his campaign Web site, Perriello believes that "every American deserves access to a doctor, and none of our elderly should ever have to face the soul-crushing choice of whether to buy medicine for a spouse or put food on the table." The Web site adds that he believes that "employers should not be burdened with healthcare costs that put them at a disadvantage to their competitors in other countries."[1]

Education and Job Training

According to his campaign Web site, Perriello believes that "educational opportunities must begin earlier and continue later in life by prioritizing a pre-K year, affordable and accessible college education and vocational training, and the lifelong skills training required to ensure American workers remain competitive in the global economy."[1]

Oil Independence

According to his campaign Web site, Perriello believes that "our national security, our climate, and our economic competitiveness demand that we achieve independence from fossil fuels during this generation."[1]


Perriello was born October 9, 1974, in Charlottesville, Va. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University, and he is currently a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law. He has served as a national security analyst for the Century Foundation. He also was the Special Advisor and spokesperson for the International Prosecutor handling the case against former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Additionally, Perriello has co-founded Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, helped to launch and He also co-founded, which is, according to his campaign Web site, "an international on-line community of 1.5 million members, operating in 12 languages, dedicated to building a global response to "'problems without borders.'"[2] [3]

2008 elections

Perriello was the Democratic nominee in the 2008 congressional elections for Virginia's 5th Congressional District. [4]. Perriello went on to defeat incumbent Virgil Goode in November 2008 elections. [5]

Money in politics

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Committees and affiliations



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DC office
  • 423 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC
    Ph: 202-225-2646 Fax: 202-226-4249
    Webform email
District offices
  • 104 S. 1st Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Ph: (434) 293-9631 Fax: (none entered)
  • 308 Craghead St., Suite 102, Danville, VA 24541
    Ph: (none entered) Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • [ Campaign website]
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • Perriello for Congress, PO Box 306, Ivy, VA 22945
    Ph: (none entered) Fax: (none entered)

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Perriello for Congress-Issues
  2. Perriello for Congress-Life Service
  3. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  4. 2008 Race Tracker page on Virginia’s 5th Congressional District
  5. "Virginia 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

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