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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
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.  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. * 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. *
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. [www.ontheissues.org/VA/Thelma_Drake.htm] 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." Drake currently sits on a terrorism committee and two military committee's in the House of Representatives. 
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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.
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Thelma Drake from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Thelma Drake from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Thelma Drake from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
- House Committee on Armed Services
- Subommitee on Military Personnel
- Subommitee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Personnel
- Subcommittee on Projection Forces
- House Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness
- Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
- House Committee on Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation Wildlife and Oceans
- Former member, Chesapeake Bay Commission
More Background Data
District Office- Accomac:
Post Office Box 447
23386 Front Street
Accomac, VA 23301
District Office- Virginia Beach:
Post Office Box 62996
4772 Euclid Road, Suite E
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
2008 Campaign Contact Information
Thelma Drake for Congress
P.O. Box 61480
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23466
Articles and resources
- Official website
- Campaign website
- Biography for Thelma Drake
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
- On the Issues
Local blogs and discussion sites
- Bearing Drift - Conservative Podcasts, News, and Opinion
- VB Dems Blog
- Vivian J. Paige - All Politics is Local
|Current Office: None|
Ranking Member On:
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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|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 2004
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2005
January 3, 2009
|Previous Political Work?
U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia House of Delegates; Virginia Housing Commission, chair
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Date of Birth: November 20, 1949