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Harry R. "Bob" Purkey

Member From: 1986 - 2013

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  • Birth Date: July 13, 1934 Birth Place:Parsons, WV
  • Death Date: February 16, 2018
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Sonja Helene Firing (deceased)
  • Children: Harry R., Jr., Charlotte H., and Gregory
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  • Education: Old Dominion University (B.S.; Business Administration; B.S.; Economics; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society), Wharton School of Business; University of Pennsylvania; PA (entrepreneurial program)
  • Military Service: USAR (1957-62)
  • Occupation/Profession: First Vice President (Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.)
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Methodist Church Governor's Advisory Council for Revenue Estimates, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (board of trustees), Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (trustee), Virginia Beach Republican Party (former chairman), Chamber of Commerce, Old Dominion University Educational Foundation (former director); Intercollegiate Foundation (former director), Virginia Public Beach Commission (former commissioner), Industrial Development Authority (former director), Tidewater Automobile Association (director), Boy Scouts of America, Tidewater Council (former director), Norfolk Sports Club Governor's Commission on Government Reform "Strike Force," Select Committee on Transportation, Great Neck Recreation Association (former director), Nanotechnology Commission (chairman)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1986 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Chesapeake and Its Tributaries
Conservation and Natural Resources
Labor and Commerce
1987 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Chesapeake and Its Tributaries
Conservation and Natural Resources
Labor and Commerce
1988 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Chesapeake and Its Tributaries
Conservation and Natural Resources
Labor and Commerce
1989 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Chesapeake and Its Tributaries
Conservation and Natural Resources
Labor and Commerce
1990 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Conservation and Natural Resources
Health Welfare and Institutions
Labor and Commerce
1991 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Conservation and Natural Resources
Health Welfare and Institutions
Labor and Commerce
1992 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Labor and Commerce
1993 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Labor and Commerce
1994 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Labor and Commerce
1995 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Labor and Commerce
1996 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Labor and Commerce
1997 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Labor and Commerce
1998 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Corporations Insurance and Banking
Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
1999 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Corporations Insurance and Banking
Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
2000 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Corporations Insurance and Banking
Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
2001 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Corporations Insurance and Banking
Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
2002 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Commerce and Labor
Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
2003 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Commerce and Labor
Finance
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
2004 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Commerce and Labor
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
2005 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Commerce and Labor
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
2006 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
2007 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Health Welfare and Institutions
Science and Technology
2008 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Science and Technology
2009 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Science and Technology
2010 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Science and Technology
2011 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Science and Technology
2012 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Science and Technology
2013 City of Virginia Beach (part) 82 Republican Finance (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Science and Technology

*The information within this interactive and searchable application has been researched extensively by the House Clerk’s Office. As with any historical records of this age and breadth, there may be discrepancies and/or inconsistencies within records obtained from a variety of credible sources. Any feedback is encouraged at history@house.virginia.gov.

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