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 works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel serves as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, 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.

As a citizen legislator, Israel 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 to 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 campaigns. 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, as well as Emory & Henry College's Young Alumnus 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 is employed by Alpha Natural Resources and is active in a number of community organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for both the state library as well as the state theatre of Virginia, The Library of Virginia and Barter Theatre, respectively. She's also involved in board or volunteer service with the following organizations:  Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Bristol Chamber of Commerce, and Communities in Schools Southwest Virginia.