Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

Senator Ben Chafin

Friends of Ben Chafin

P.O. Box 1210

Lebanon, VA 24216

(276) 889-1044

ogburn@benchafin.com

http://www.benchafin.com/

 

District 38

Parts of the Counties of Smyth and Wise, All of the Counties of Bland, Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Tazewell, Pulaski, and All of the Cities of Norton and Radford

Meet the Senator: 

Ben Chafin is a native of Russell County. As a child, he worked on his family farm curing tobacco. As a teenager, he worked part-time after school at a local meat packing plant. Ben attended East Tennessee State University (B.A., 1982) so he could fulfill his obligations to the family farm by returning home most weekends. After earning his degree, he attended the University of Richmond School of Law (J.D., 1985). Ben and his sister were the first in his family to graduate from college.

Returning to Russell County after earning his law degree, Ben started Chafin & Chafin PC, which is located across from the courthouse in Lebanon. He practices law throughout Southwest Virginia.

Ben is the owner and operator of a beef-cattle farm in Moccasin Valley. He is Chairman of the Board of First Bank & Trust Company, which has branches throughout Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee. Ben is a current member and former president of the Russell County Rotary. He is also an avid outdoorsman who regularly enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.

Ben is married to Lora Lee (Carr) Chafin, a teacher in Russell County Public Schools. A Russell County native, Lora has dedicated her life to helping students learn. Ben and Lora are the proud parents of three children. The Chafin family worships at Community Heights Church in Lebanon.

Previous Elected Offices: 

House of Delegates, 2014

Senate Committee Assignments: 
  • Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee
  • Commerce and Labor Committee
  • Courts of Justice Committee
  • Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee
Civic Activities: 
  • Russell County Rotary, Former President
  • Community Heights Baptist Church, member
District Geography: 

Locality

Voters

% of District

Tazewell County

26,971

22.32%

Pulaski County

20,989

17.37%

Russell County

18,210

15.07%

Buchanan County

15,564

12.88%

Dickenson County

10,743

8.89%

Wise County

10,332

8.55%

Radford City

7,720

6.39%

Bland County

4,576

3.79%

Smyth County

3,348

2.77%

Norton City

2,363

1.96%

Montgomery County

3

0.00%