William R. “Bill” DeSteph Jr.

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent


DeSteph served in the United States Navy as a chief petty officer and a naval special-warfare intelligence officer, and is a Desert Storm veteran. DeSteph also worked as the senior vice president and co-owner at the defense technology firm AMTI, and volunteered with the Children’s Hospital for the King Daughters, Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, the Noblemen, the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, and the Naval Special Warfare Foundation [2, 4].

DeSteph served as a City Councilman from 2006 to 2013 and as a Councilman of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia from 2006 to the present. DeSteph was elected as a Delegate for Virginia’s 82nd District from 2014 to 2016 and has served as a Senator for Virginia’s 8th District since 2016. DeSteph serves on the Senate committees for Local Government, Transportation, and Rehabilitation and Social Services, and is an active member of the General Assembly’s Military Caucus and Tourism Caucus [2].

Key Issues


DeSteph supports minimizing government interference in the economy, and DeSteph supports measures to increase workforce housing and lowering interest rates to promote a good standard of living for all Virginians [5].

Public Safety

DeSteph wants to ensure that all citizens are kept safe by providing law enforcement with the resources to support existing criminal statutes and guidelines, and supports legislation that promotes both public safety and the economy, especially in tourism-based districts such as coastal Virginia [5].


Hampton Roads Black Caucus; Tidewater Builders Association; Delceno Miles; Filipino-American Community Action Group; Virginia Statewide Police Benevolent Association; Virginia Professional Firefighters; Tony DiSilvestro, Owner of YNOT Italian; Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce


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