Walter Stosch

Walter Allen Stosch (born August 18, 1936 in Fredericksburg, Virginia) is an American politician in the Republican Party. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1983 until 1992, when he was elected to the Senate of Virginia. He was Majority leader 1998–2007, after which he was named Republican Leader Emeritus. He served as the President Pro Tempore of the Senate for his final term, except for a six-month period when Democrats controlled the chamber. He represented the 12th district, made up of parts of Hanover and Henrico Counties.[1] in 2009, responding to the request of constituent Em Bowles Locker Alsop, Stosch sponsored a monument to Virginia women in Capitol Square, which became law in 2010, and was unveiled in October 2018.[2]

Walter Stosch
Delegate Stosch 1988.jpg
President pro tempore of the Virginia Senate
In office
June 23, 2014 – January 13, 2016
Preceded byCharles Colgan
Succeeded byStephen Newman
In office
January 12, 2012 – January 28, 2014
Preceded byCharles Colgan
Succeeded byCharles Colgan
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 8, 1992 – January 13, 2016
Preceded byEddy Dalton
Succeeded bySiobhan Dunnavant
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 73rd district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 8, 1992
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byEric Cantor
Personal details
Walter Allen Stosch

(1936-08-18) August 18, 1936 (age 84)
Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Eleanor Herbert
Alma materUniversity of Richmond
WebsiteOfficial website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1953–1956

Personal lifeEdit

Stosch was born and raised in the Northern Neck of Virginia. He served in the United States Army 1953–56, then attended the University of Richmond, where he received a B.S. degree in accounting in 1959. He passed the Certified Public Accountant exam and began practice in Richmond. In 1984, he received an MBA degree from the same school. He was also an adjunct professor at both Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.[3]

He married Eleanor Herbert. They had two children, David and Karen,[3] and four grandchildren, Sarah Stosch Stewart, Ashley Watson, Kelly Stosch Chaffin, and Brian Watson.


  1. ^ Senate of Virginia bio
  2. ^ Maura Mazurowski, Woman attorneys saluted as Part of Virginia's history, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 34, No. 20 (October 14, 2019) p. 7
  3. ^ a b "Biography". Virginia State Senator Walter Stosch. Retrieved 2009-01-27.


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