Mamie E. Locke

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent


Locke graduated with a BA in history/political science from Tougaloo College in 1976, followed by an MA in political science from Atlanta University in 1978 and a Ph.D. in political science in 1984. Locke also received Certificates in Archives Administration from Emory University and Management Development from Harvard University, and also attended the American University in Cairo for Middle Eastern Studies in 1986 as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar [2].

Locke is employed as a professor of Political Science at Hampton University and has worked in this capacity since 1981. Locke additionally has served on the Committee on the Status of Women for the Southern Political Science Association, the Editorial Board for the National Political Science Review, and as President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Locke has also published works on race and gender in numerous political journals and has been recognized with awards including Outstanding Young Women of America (1987), the Lawrence Bethel Woman of Courage Award (2001), and the Trailblazer Award from the Virginia Leadership Institute (2011). Locke is a lifetime member of the NAACP and served as Mayor of Hampton from 2000 to 2003 [1, 2].

Locke was elected Senator of Virginia’s 2nd District in 2003 and has served five consecutive terms in this capacity. Locke currently works on the Committee for Rules, Finance and Appropriations, Education and Health, and General Laws and Technology, and is also the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Locke has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by four separate organizations during her career [2].

Key Issues

Criminal Justice

Locke wants to implement legislation that will automatically restore voting rights to felons [4].


Locke wants to ensure that the Virginia Senate passes a budget that
allocates sufficient funds to public education, and opposes tax cuts that
would mainly take away from education. Locke specifically supports measures for teacher salary increases, safety and security grants, and the provision of financial aid for higher education [2].


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