C.E. “Cliff” Hayes, Jr.

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent


C.E. “Cliff” Hayes Jr., a Chesapeake native and graduated from Norfolk State University in 1990 with a degree in management computer information systems – Hayes has also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, received a master’s of Business Management from Cambridge College, a Chief Information Officer Technology Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University, and a certificate in cyber security from MIT in 2015. After graduating from NSU, Hayes served as an intern for the City of Suffolk Data Processing Department. From 1992-1996, Hayes served as a business tax specialist, working as the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office for the city of Chesapeake. Hayes took up his first position in politics in 2004 as a Chesapeake City Councilman and was re-elected in 2008. Hayes also works as the Chief Information Officer for the City of Portsmouth, VA [1, 5].

In November 2016, Hayes was elected as a delegate to the 77th district, where he served on three different standing committees including Appropriations; Counties, Cities and Towns; and Health, Welfare, and Institutions. Hayes has sponsored 24 bills as a legislator [6].

Key Issues


Hayes wants to support the public education system in Virginia by increasing pay for teachers, and additionally wants to increase funding for marine sciences at Old Dominion University and freeze the cost of higher education in Virginia for state universities [2].


Hayes wants to support the widespread availability of affordable healthcare by limiting prescription drug prices and ensuring that Virginians have unconditional access to either public or private healthcare through programs such as Medicaid [2].


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