Charles William Carrico Sr.
|C. W. Carrico Sr.|
Carrico at the 25th anniversary of the New River Trail State Park
|Member of the Virginia Senate|
from the 40th district
Assumed office |
January 11, 2012
|Preceded by||William C. Wampler Jr.|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
from the 5th district
January 9, 2002 – January 11, 2012
|Preceded by||John H. Tate Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Israel O'Quinn|
Charles William Carrico|
November 6, 1961
|Spouse(s)||Paula Denise Sweet|
|Children||Charles Jr., Emily|
|Alma mater||Virginia Highlands Community College|
|Profession||Virginia State Trooper (retired)|
|Committees||General Laws; Militia, Police and Public Safety; Transportation|
|Religion||Church of God|
Charles William "Bill" Carrico Sr. (born November 6, 1961) is an American politician in the Republican Party. He is currently a member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 40th District. Carrico's campaign for Senate was heavily financed by coal mining interests such as Alpha Natural Resources, Consol Energy and Richard Baxter Gilliam. From 2002 to 2011, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 5th District in the southwestern part of the state. Prior to that, he was a Virginia State Trooper.
Tenure and issues
In 2005, Carrico introduced an amendment to the religious freedom clause of the Virginia state constitution, based on the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom written by Thomas Jefferson. The amendment posited a positive right to permit prayer on "public property, including public schools". The proposed amendment passed the House but died in the Virginia State Senate.
In January 2013, Carrico introduced a measure to reapportion Virginia's presidential electoral votes away from a winner-takes-all system to a proportional system similar to those in Maine and Nebraska.
On the issue of marijuana, Carrico said in 2014, “I think it’s a gateway drug. It enhances and gives reason for people to do things that are a lot stronger than marijuana. I believe ... that it can become abused and it’s like other drugs we have problems with like oxycodone ... that once it’s out there, it can be a harmful drug and get in the hands of others and start the trend of abuse.”
In 2015, Carrico introduced SB 40, which would provide "that a clerk or deputy clerk shall not be required to issue a marriage license if such clerk has an objection to the issuance of such license on personal, ethical, moral, or religious grounds." Along with this he introduced SB 41, which would provide "that no individual authorized to solemnize any marriage shall be required to do so and no religious organization shall be required to provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization of any marriage if the action would cause the individual or organization to violate a sincerely held religious belief."
- "Virginia Public Access Project; Bill Carrico". Retrieved August 26, 2012.
- Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System: 2005 session; HJ 537
- Nolan, Jim (January 23, 2013). "Virginia Electoral Votes Allocation Measure Advances In State Senate". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- GIBSON, ALLIE ROBINSON. "Griffith introduces bill for medical marijuana". .swvatoday.
- "Senate Bill 41".
- "SB 41 Religious freedom; solemnization of marriage".
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- Senate of Virginia: Bio for Charles W. Carrico Sr. (2012 session)
- Virginia Public Access Project: Charles W. Carrico Sr.