Thelma Drake

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Thelma Drake is a former member of Congress

Thelma D. Drake, a Republican, represented the Second Congressional District of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives between 2004-2008. She lost her re-election bid to Glenn Nye, a Democrat, in 2008.

Record and controversies

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Thelma Drake has a strong pro-life record and has voted consistantly on this position. She is not a supporter of stem cell research has has twice voted NO on furthering embryonic stem cell research (May 2005, Jan. 2007). In January of 2008, Drake voted to prohibit the transportation of minors across state lines for abortion. Prior to this, Drake voted in April of 2005 to restrict the interstate transportation of minors for abortions. Thelma Drake was rated 100% by the National Right to Life(NRLC)in December of 2006, which indicated her pro-life stance.


Thelma Drake is a member of the Immigration Reform Caucus and has been since she arrived in congress. [1] In September of 2006, she voted to build a fence along the Mexican border and was rated 100% by USBC in 2006 which indicates a sealed-border stance. *[2] Thelma Drake introduced H.R. 2109, the Empowering Our Local Communities Act of 2007. This bill: (1) requires a mandatory 5-40 year prison sentence for any illegal alien who commits manslaughter while driving under the influence, (2) makes it a criminal misdemeanor to be illegally present in the U.S., (3) allows for the continuation and expansion of the institutional removal program, which is a program that helps identify removable criminal aliens in Federal and state correctional facilities so these aliens are not released into the community upon completion of their sentences, and (4) authorizes funding for a program, often referred to as the “287(g) program,” which provides training to state and local law enforcement to serve in a limited Federal immigration enforcement capacity. *[3]

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Thelma Drake has always strongly supported sending troops into Iraq. In 2006 she voted that Iraq should be part of our War on Terror and that we should have no set exit date. She has not wanted to remove troops from Iraq and voted "no" in June of 2008 on investigating Bush for lying about Iraq or pursuing an impeachment of President Bush. [] During an interview about her position on the Iraq war, Drake stated: "What I see as the greatest threat to America is that the American people will put political pressure on their leaders to pull out of Iraq before we should." [4]Drake currently sits on a terrorism committee and two military committee's in the House of Representatives. [5]

Environmental record

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Civil Rights

Thelma Drake is extremely conservative on social issues and civil rights issues. Drake strongly supports constitutionally defining marriage as between one man and one woman. She voted "yes" on this issue in July of 2007 and June of 2008. In December of 2006, the Human Rights Campaign rates Drake at 0% meaning that she has an anti-gay-rights stance. She was also rated 33% by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People meaning that she also has an anti-affirtmative-action stance. In November of 2007, Drake voted "no" on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation.



Drake was born November 20, 1949 in Elyria, Ohio. She has worked as a real estate agent in Norfolk, Virginia and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, the lower house of the Virginia General Assembly. In 2004, Drake defeated Democratic challenger David Ashe in an open race. She took her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 109th United States Congress on January 4, 2005.

Congressional career

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Phil Kellam to face Drake in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [7] Drake retained her seat.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • Former member, Chesapeake Bay Commission

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Thelma Drake. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1208 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4215
Fax: 202-225-4218
Web Email

District Office- Accomac:
Post Office Box 447
23386 Front Street
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-7836
Fax: 757-787-9540

District Office- Virginia Beach:
Post Office Box 62996
4772 Euclid Road, Suite E
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
Phone: 757-497-6859
Fax: 757-497-5474

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Drake for Congress campaign website

Thelma Drake for Congress
P.O. Box 61480
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23466

Phone: 757-497-2222
Fax: 757-497-4226

Articles and resources


External resources

External articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Military Personnel, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Terrorism Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
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November 2, 2004
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January 3, 2005
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January 3, 2009
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U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia House of Delegates; Virginia Housing Commission, chair
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Date of Birth: November 20, 1949