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Full Name:

R. 'Steve' Steven Landes




Wife: Angela; 1 Child: Roth

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Staunton, VA

Home City:

Weyers Cave, VA



BS, Mass Communication/Journalism, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1978-1982

Former Vice Chair, Augusta County Republican Committee

Delegate, Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates, District 25, 1996-2020

Candidate, Augusta County Treasurer, 1991

Member, Governor's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates, 2010-present

Member, Virginia Commission on the Centennial of Woodrow Wilson Presidency, 2010-present

Member, Major Employment and Investment Projects Approval Commission, 2009-present

Member, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Augusta/Stanton/Waynesboro County, 1996-present

Former Member, Subcommittee on Appointments, Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates

Former Member, Subcommittee on Elections, Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates

Former Member, Subcommittee on Studies, Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates

Member, Virginia Code Commission, 2000-2010

Chair, Majority Caucus, Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates, 2004-2006

Chair, Rural Virginia Prosperity Commission, 2000-2003

Chair, State Water Commission, 2000-2001

Member, Disability Commission, 1998-2000

Community Liaison, Home Instead Senior Care, 2016-present

Vice President of Market Development, Blue Ridge Bank, 2013-2015

Community Relations Coordinator, DuPont Community Credit Union, 2006-2013

Executive Director, NewBiz Virginia, 2000-2006

Insurance Agent/Registered Representative, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1995-2000

Director, Congressman Robert Goodlatte's District Office, 1993-1995

Reporter, Beverly Manor Ruritan Club, 1991-1993

Legislative Assistant, Delegate Pete Giesen, Representative, District 25, 1988-1992

Corporal, Virginia Defense Force, 1986-1988

Account Executive, Davis & Davis Marketing, Incorporated, 1986-1987

Media Buyer, Davis & Davis Marketing, Incorporated, 1986-1987

Legislative Assistant, Delegate Emmett Hanger Jr. Virginia State, Finance Committee, 1986

Campaign Staff, Friends of Giesen '85 and Giesen for Delegate Committee, 1985

Staff Writer, 1983-1984

Member, Public Relations Council of the Shenandoah Valley, 2007-present

Member, Virginia Public Buildings Board, 2006-present

Member, Mount Horeb Presbyterian Church, 1999-present

Member/Former President/Committee Chair, Weyers Cave Ruritan Club, 1995-present

Vice Chair, Sixth District Republican Committee, 1991-present

Vice Chair, Center for Rural Virginia, present

Co-Chair, Governmental Relation Committee, Staunton-Augusta County, present

Member, Valley Life Underwriters Association, present

Former Member, Board of Trustees, Center for Rural Virginia

Former Member, Board of Visitors of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind

Member, Substances Abuse Services Council, 2008-2009

Member, Board of Directors, Lead Virginia, 2005-2006

Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Business Incubation Association, 2004-2006

Member, Board of Trustees, Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, 1994-2006

Elder, Mount Horeb Presbyterian Church, 2003-2006

Vice President, Virginia Business Incubation Association, 2005-2006

Delegate, Commonwealth of Virginia Republican Conventions, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2004

Chair, Personnel Committee, Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, 1996-2004

Delegate, Sixth District Republican Conventions, 1986-1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004

Campaign Chair, United Way of Greater Augusta, Incorporated, 2004

Member, Board of Directors, Augusta County Historical Society, 1999-2003

Member, Board of Directors, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, 1999-2003

Executive Committee, Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, 1996-2000

Member, P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education, 1997-2000

Member, Saint Stephen's United Church of Christ, 1994-1999

Member, Central Committee, Republican Party of Virginia, 1987-1996

Member, Second Presbyterian Church, 1972-1994

Elder, Second Presbyterian Church, 1984-1994

Advisor, Augusta County/Staunton/Waynesboro High Schools, Model General Assembly, 1988-1993

Member, Beverly Manor Ruritan Club, 1989-1993

Member, Board of Directors, Beverly Manor Ruritan Club, 1993

Member, Chamber of Commerce, 1990, 1992-1993

Member, Staunton-Augusta County Chamber of Commerce, 1987, 1990-1993

Associate Member, Valley Republican Women's Club, 1986-1993

Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1992

Treasurer, Second Presbyterian Church, 1990-1992

Chair, 25th Legislative District Republican Committee, 1987-1991

Committee Chair, Beverly Manor Ruritans Club, 1991

Augusta County Liaison, Staunton/Augusta County Chamber of Commerce, 1990-1991

Chair, Nomination Committee, 6th District Republican Convention, 1990

Committee Chair, Second Presbyterian Church, 1986, 1990

Chair, 25th Legislative District Republican Convention, 1987, 1989

Member, Staunton City Republican Committee, 1986-1989

Chair, Host Committee, 6th District Republican Convention, 1988

Co-Chair, Host Committee, Fifth Annual Advance, Republican Party of Virginia, 1988

Member, Professional Advisory Committee, Valley Home Health, Incorporated, 1985-1987


Legislator of the Year Award, Virginia Court Clerk's Association, 2014;
Catalysts for Change Award, The Arc of Virginia, 2013;
BIO Legislator of the Year, Biotechnology Industry Organization, 2012;
Public Policy Award, Virginia Association for Home Health Care and Hospice, 2011;
Legislator of the Year Award, from the Virginia Wineries Association, 2011;
Legislator of the Year Award, from the Treasurers' Association of Virginia, 2010;
Virginia Bioscience Legislative Leadership Award, 2010;
Faculty Senate of Virginia Award, 2010;
Legislator of the Year, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2009;
Legislator of the Year, Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, 2008;
Distinguished Friend of Virginia Agribusiness, 2007;
Appreciation of Support Award, Augusta County Farm Bureau Federation, 2006;
Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, Virginia Farm Bureau, 2006;
Legislator of the Year Award, Virginia Sheriff's Association, 2002;
Conservation Legislator Award, Valley Conservation Council, 2000;
Dr. and Mrs. Lennart Sandquist Prevention Award, Mental Health Association of Augusta, 1999

Favorite Quote:

"Trust, but verify." - Ronald Reagan

"Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win great triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

Favorite TV Shows:

Star Trek

Spouse's Occupation:

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Augusta County