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Birthdate: Oct. 24, 1950
Birth Place: Richmond, VA, United States
Residence: Chesterfield County, VA
Wayne Powell was born in Richmond, Va., and currently resides in Chesterfield County. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond, where he was active in ROTC. He received a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree from the University of Richmond.
In 1972, he was commissioned into the military intelligence branch of the Army. He served in the Army infantry from 1973 through 1977 when he left active duty and went into the reserve. He was called into active duty after Sept. 11 to command a specialized Army intelligence unit. He received the Legion of Merit and retired in 2002 as a colonel.
Powell founded his own law firm, Powell and Parrish, in 1999. He previously served the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia as a staff clerk, was a Virginia assistant attorney general and served as deputy commissioner of the Virginia Worker's Compensation Commission.
Powell and his wife, Katherine, have two children.
Wayne Powell is running as a Democrat in his maiden campaign against the No. 2 ranking member of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, in a bid that is a longshot at best.
In challenging Cantor for Virginia's 7th Congressional District, Powell's argument is that Cantor has become a toady for corporate interests, willing to sell out the middle class. Powell's blue yard signs are emblazoned with a red banner bearing white lettering that reads "Not for sale!"
Powell's campaign adviser is the colorful veteran Democratic strategist David "Mudcat" Saunders, a specialist at helping Democrats reach independent and moderate voters in rural and suburb areas, particularly in the South.
Powell has criticized Cantor for being "a leader in the Republican assault on women's rights." He says if elected he will fight for women's rights and help to ensure that women have affordable access to contraception without government interference.
He opposes the outsourcing of jobs overseas, saying it is detrimental to the middle class. He wants to eliminate incentives to corporations that send jobs abroad.
Source: Associated Press
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