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Benjamin Thomas (I-VA)

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Name: Benjamin Riley Thomas

Party: Independent (Caucuses Dem)

Seat Held: Virginia, Class 2

Date of Birth: 11/17/1958

Place of Birth: Roanoke, VA

Residence: Roanoke, VA

Race: White

Gender: Male

Religious Affiliation: Unitarian Universalist



Virginia Tech, BS in Mechanical Engineering (1984)

James Madison University, MBA (1987)



United States Army, Active Duty (1976-1980)

Auto Mechanic, Roanoke, VA (1980-1984)

Various Auto Racing Roles, Motor Mile Speedway (1981-2005) *see below for more detail*

Auto Mechanic, Harrisonburg and Roanoke, VA (1984-1987)

Assistant Regional Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic, Advance Auto Parts (1988-1991)

Regional Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic, Advance Auto Parts (1991-1994)

Southwest VA Chair and Fundraiser, Marshall Coleman for Senate  (1994)

Owner/Founder/CEO, Star City Auto Parts (1995-2009) *sold to Advance Auto Parts*

Southwest VA Chair and Fundraiser, John Warner for US Senate (1996)

City Councilor (Independent), City of Roanoke (2000-2008)

Co-Founder and Chairman, The Neighborhood Project infrastructure philanthropy group (2002-2015)

Mayor (Independent), City of Roanoke (2008-2015)

United States Senator of Virginia (2015-Present)





Auto Racing Overview:

Driver, Street Stocks, Motor Mile Speedway (1981-1987)

-1983 and 1986 Motor Mile Street Stocks Track Champion


Engine Builder/Tuner and Crew Chief, Street Stocks/Late Models/Modifieds, Motor Mile (1988-1994)


Driver, Late Models and Modifieds, Motor Mile Speedway (1996-2005, retired)

-1996 Motor Mile Late Model Rookie of the Year

-1999 Motor Mile Late Model Champion

-2003 and 2004 Motor Mile Modified Champion

-2001 Taco Bell 300 late model winner, Martinsville Speedway

Sponsor, Star City Auto Parts (1996-2009)

-Select NASCAR Busch Series cars at South Boston, Bristol, Richmond (1996-2009)

-Select NASCAR Truck Series trucks at Martinsville, South Boston, Bristol and Richmond (1996-2009)

-Full time late model sponsor, driver Phillip Morris, various tracks (2000-2009)




I have a full scale written bio written up, but chose not to post it because it ended up being like 2,000 words, but if you any need any details about how some of these transitions and such worked, I'm more than willing to send the more detailed written bio.

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Love y'all, I need a break that seems right now a life couldn't fulfill. Hit me up on Facebook if you have it.

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