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J. Kenneth Robinson

American politician
The basics
Occupation Politician
Country United States of America
Date of birth Winchester
Date of death Apr 08, 1990 Winchester
Education Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Authority Library of congress id VIAF id
The details

James Kenneth Robinson (May 14, 1916 – April 8, 1990) was a State Senator and U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Early life and career

Born in Winchester, Virginia, Robinson attended the public schools of Winchester. He graduated with a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia in 1937. He served as infantryman in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945. He was discharged with the rank of major.

Political career

Robinson was elected to the Virginia Senate in 1965 representing Clarke, Frederick, Loudoun, Shenandoah Counties and the City of Winchester. He was re-elected to a four-year term in 1967. He served as chairman of the Republican delegation to the 1968 and 1969 general assembly.

Robinson was an orchardist and fruit packer with real estate and other business interests in the Winchester area.

Robinson was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-second and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1985). He did not seek re-election to the Ninety-ninth Congress. He served as the ranking minority member on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

He was a resident of Winchester, Virginia, until his death there on April 8, 1990.

Electoral history

  • 1970; Robinson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 61.75% of the vote, defeating Democrat Murat Williams.
  • 1972; Robinson was re-elected with 99.95% of the vote, defeating Democrat Murat.
  • 1974; Robinson was re-elected with 52.64% of the vote, defeating Democrat George H. Gilliam.
  • 1976; Robinson was re-elected with 81.78% of the vote, defeating Independent James R. Hutt.
  • 1978; Robinson was re-elected with 64.29% of the vote, defeating Democrat Lewis Perley Fickett, Jr.
  • 1980; Robinson was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1982; Robinson was re-elected with 62.27% of the vote, defeating Democrat Lindsay G. Dorrier.

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