Candidate Profile
Richard Hayden

Republican , Virginia


Richard Hayden
House of Delegates, Dist. 44

Panel Rating*

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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


Reported by Candidate

Daniel Gade, Colonial Mount Vernon Republican Women

Selected Contributions


WinRed (2020)
Bob Marshall (2019), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019), Republican Women's Organizations (2021)







*The questionnaire was received after the deadline and was not considered in the Panel Evaluations and is for additional educational purposes only.
Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Never, not even rape and incest. A woman who is raped is subject to a traumatic, violent, life changing event. A woman who is undergoes an abortion has the experience. Why would you want to double the trauma of the victim? Having the baby is a victory over the rapist and helps in the healing.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree   

Socialism provides a robust foundation for a stable economy.

Strongly Disagree   

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Free enterprise is the best way of achieving low unemployment. Less government regulation, including taxation, allows businesses to flourish and thrive, Growing businesses hire more people. Innovation inspires entrepreneurship which in turn grows the economy.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government should provide the necessary infrastructure for economic development. Successful businesses generate tax growth and wealth which then benefit our governing system and help repay the investment. Too much regulation can stifle business so it is a delicate balance.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or business owners because of their deeply held religious beliefs.

Strongly Agree   

Governments should not penalize those who define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Business leaders, including insurance executives, need to sit down with elected government leaders and work on reigning in medical costs. We need to devise a comprehensive plan to reduce costs. Lower admin fees, lower drug prices, allowing consumers to shop for insurance providers and transparent pricing are some of the areas to be reviewed.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree   


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Strongly Disagree   

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree   

Free speech is under attack on public university and college campuses.

Strongly Agree   

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree   

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

It is the nature on one person or group to abuse power or act arbitrarily if it is concentrated in their hands. With the checks and balances of our co-equal branches of government there is protection from our civil liberties being overrun and trampled by an absolute authority.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a practical Roman Catholic in full communion with church teachings. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

My website at Various articles and letters-to-the-editor published during my last campaign. My campaign literature.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I am a practicing attorney and have a very good understanding of how government functions. I have also been in the private sector as a successful business owner and have a good grasp on the economics of running your own company.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 703-967-8147

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I love Virginia. This is my adopted state and have lived here for more than thirty-five years, raising our two sons and now a granddaughter. We need to have a return to common sense political views and traditional family values and work in a bipartisan way to keep Virginia the best in the nation.

Judicial Philosophy

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree   

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree   

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   


  • Antioch School of Law, Washington, DC, JD, 1987
  • Stockton University, Galloway, NJ, BS, 1980
  • Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, NJ, Diploma, 1976
Work & Military
  • MBH Settlement Group, L.C., Attorney, 9
  • Attorney, Solo Practitioner, 5
  • Downtown Title & Escrow, President, General Counsel, 13
  • Knights of Columbus Council 5998, Life Director
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Eucharistic Minister
  • Boy Scouts of America, Scoutmaster-Troop 996
  • Bucknell Little League, Vice-President
  • Columbus Club, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Knights of Columbus Bingo, Floor Manager-Instant Bingo Sales
  • House of Delegates, Sought 2019

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