Biography

Delegate Israel O’Quinn was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates on November 8, 2011. He represents the 5th House District which is comprised of Bristol City, Galax City, Grayson County, Smyth County (part) and Washington County (part).

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel is determined to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond and he works hard to see that Southwest Virginia issues are included in policy discussions. Israel’s legislative committee assignments include House Finance, Privileges and Elections as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Public Safety Foundation. 

Israel O’Quinn is employed by K-VA-T Food Stores, the parent company of the Food City retail supermarket chain. He currently directs the company’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, in addition chairing the company’s Energy Conservation Committee, which has implemented a number of energy conservation measures throughout the K-VA-T distribution center and numerous stores. 

Prior to joining the K-VA-T team in 2006, Israel served in various roles in government and politics. He spent two years in the office of Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and worked on a number of political campaigns, including those for Governor, Attorney General, US Senate, House of Delegates and various local offices. Additionally, he served as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia’s Victory campaign.

Israel is Past Chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, which has Five Star accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce. Israel is a recipient of the The Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award, and Emory & Henry College’s Young Alum of the Year award. While at Emory & Henry College, Israel played on the varsity baseball team and graduated with degrees in Political Science and History.  Israel is also a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia.

Israel and his wife, Emily Gentry O’Quinn, reside in Washington County, Virginia.  Emily serves on the Board of Directors for The Library of Virginia and is a Past President of the Bristol Public Library Board. She is active in a number of community organizations and serves on the boards of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Bristol Chamber of Commerce, and Communities in Schools Southwest Virginia.