Meet Rob Bell
Rob Bell grew up in a Navy family. He attended the University of Virginia on scholarship, and graduated with honors from both the college and law school. Rob served as a state prosecutor in Orange County for five years, where he prosecuted over 2,400 cases, working with the police and crime victims to bring criminals to justice.
Since his election as a Republican to the Virginia General Assembly, Rob has written laws that crack down on repeat-offense drunk driving and keep sex offenders off school property. He has also worked to close loopholes in Virginia’s mental health laws after the shooting at Virginia Tech. More recently, he wrote laws to expand Virginia’s protective orders and to require life in prison for those convicted of raping children. In 2015 he wrote the law to address sexual assaults on college campuses, and in 2016 expanded Virginia’s stalking laws to empower crime victims.
Rob has also fought to protect Constitutional rights of Virginia citizens. Rob was the co-author of the Constitutional Amendment to stamp out eminent domain abuse and to place property rights protections in the Virginia Constitution. When it reached the voters, this Amendment passed with over 74% of the vote.
Rob has been repeatedly recognized for his work. The American Conservative Union has twice given him the “Defender of Liberty Award” and the Virginia Property Rights Coalition has given him the “John C. Marshall Award.” He has won recognition from the Home Educators Association of Virginia, MADD, and the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists. The Action Alliance, which fights domestic violence and sexual assault, gave Rob the 2009 “Act, Honor, Hope” Award, and in 2011, recognized Rob with 29 other Virginians as a “30 Voices for 30 Years” Honoree.
An Eagle Scout, Rob was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts and with the public schools prior to his first election. Rob and his wife Jessica have two children, Robbie and Evie. The Bells live in Albemarle County.