Meet Creigh

Senator Creigh Deeds has dedicated his life to fighting for a Virginia that works for everybody. Raised in Bath County on his grandparent’s farm, Creigh attended Bath County High school before graduating from Concord College. Creigh’s grandfather was a local Democratic Committee Chair during the Great Depression, which instilled within him a passion for democracy and helping others at an early age. Determined to pursue a career of service, Creigh then graduated from Wake Forest University with his law degree before being elected Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. 

Four years later, Creigh won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, where he fought for working families for nearly a decade before being elected to serve in the State Senate, where he remains to this day.

Passing more bills than any other member of the General Assembly, Creigh is the most effective legislator in the Commonwealth. His track record of delivering results on the progressive issues that matter to us most—like fighting for gun violence reform, protecting abortion access, and fixing our broken mental healthcare system—are one of many reasons he’s been endorsed by Virginia’s top abortion access and women’s right advocacy organizations REPRO Rising VA (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice VA) and the VA National Organization for Women PAC. Creigh’s also earned the endorsement of America’s top gun reform leader Gabby Giffords, her lifesaving organization Giffords PAC, and over 75+ other progressive groups and local and statewide leaders.

As one of the most trusted leaders in the State Senate, Creigh presides as the Chair of the Commerce and Labor Committee and serves on the Finance and Appropriations, Judiciary, Commerce and Labor, Rules, and Privileges and Elections Committees. Senator Deeds also serves as Chair of the Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, Chair of the Behavioral Health Commission, and Chair of the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules.

Creigh is the second highest ranking member of the State Senate—which means this district has the most powerful advocate fighting for our priorities in the legislature.

Creigh lives in Charlottesville with his wife Siobhan and three rescue pups Mila, Dilly, and SallyMae. He is the proud father of four children and four beautiful grandchildren. 

Awards

1998 Warren Stambaugh Award
1999 Leadership in Public Policy Award, The Nature Conservancy
2006 Profiles in Courage Award, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Western Virginia Chapter
Virginia Association for Parks, 2007 Legislator of the Year
2008 Legislator of the Year Award, The Washington DC Building Trades Council
2008 Col. Michael S. Harris (Ph.D.) Award, American Association of University Professors, Virginia Conference
2012 Enduring Support Award, Virginia Association of Parks
2012 Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Virginia Sheriffs Association
2013 VAISEF Distinguished Service Award
2014 Richard T. Greer Advocacy Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness
2014 Legislator of the Year Award, Psychiatric Society of Virginia
2014 Outstanding Legislator Award, NAMI Virginia
2015 Legislator of the Year, Virginia Association for Parks
2015 State Legislator of the Year Award, American Psychological Association Practice Organization
2015 The Champion Award, Virginia Brain Injury Council
2016 Legislative Award, Virginia Emergency Management Association
2019 Legislator of the Year Award, Virginia Counselors Association
2019 Outstanding Service Award, Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work
2021 Legislator of the Year, Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
2021 Virginia Records Award, Virginia Genealogical Society
2022 Legislator of the Year, Psychiatric Society of Virginia
2022 Legislator of the Year Award, Virginia Wineries Association

Awards

1998 Warren Stambaugh Award
1999 Leadership in Public Policy Award, The Nature Conservancy
2006 Profiles in Courage Award, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Western Virginia Chapter
Virginia Association for Parks, 2007 Legislator of the Year
2008 Legislator of the Year Award, The Washington DC Building Trades Council
2008 Col. Michael S. Harris (Ph.D.) Award, American Association of University Professors, Virginia Conference
2012 Enduring Support Award, Virginia Association of Parks
2012 Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Virginia Sheriffs Association
2013 VAISEF Distinguished Service Award
2014 Richard T. Greer Advocacy Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness
2014 Legislator of the Year Award, Psychiatric Society of Virginia
2014 Outstanding Legislator Award, NAMI Virginia
2015 Legislator of the Year, Virginia Association for Parks
2015 State Legislator of the Year Award, American Psychological Association Practice Organization
2015 The Champion Award, Virginia Brain Injury Council
2016 Legislative Award, Virginia Emergency Management Association
2019 Legislator of the Year Award, Virginia Counselors Association
2019 Outstanding Service Award, Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work
2021 Legislator of the Year, Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
2021 Virginia Records Award, Virginia Genealogical Society
2022 Legislator of the Year, Psychiatric Society of Virginia
2022 Legislator of the Year Award, Virginia Wineries Association