About the Council
The Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council was established by law to encourage and facilitate compliance with the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (§ 2.2-3100 et seq.) the General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act (§ 30-100 et seq.) (hereafter the Acts) and the lobbying laws in Article 3 (§ 2.2-418 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 2.2 (hereafter Article 3).
Among other duties, the Council is tasked with providing training and guidance, issuing formal advisory opinions to those required to comply with the above laws, and facilitating the timely and accurate electronic filing of disclosure reports. The Council also submits an annual report to the General Assembly and the Governor on its findings and makes recommendations to changes in law.
The Council meets at least quarterly or upon the call of the chair. Check the meetings page to see the dates and times for upcoming meetings or to review the minutes from previous meetings.
§ 30-356 (12) requires the Council to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1 of each year on its activities and findings regarding the law it is charged to administer, including recommendations for changes in the laws.
The most recent report can be found here.
The Council is made up of nine members. Legislative members and executive branch employees serve terms concurrent with their term of office and nonlegislative members serve four year terms. The Speaker of the House of Delegates appoints two legislative members (one from each of the two majority parties represented in the House) and one former judge of a court of record. The Senate Committee on Rules appoints two legislative members (one from each of the two majority parties represented in the Senate) and one former judge of a court of record. The Governor appoints a current or former executive branch employee, one from a list of nominees submitted by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) , and one from a list of nominees submitted by the Virginia Municipal League (VML) . Legislative members can be reappointed to successive terms.
Chair: The Honorable Patricia Lee West
Vice-Chair: The Honorable Pete W. Stout, III
Speaker of the House Appointees
- Delegate C. Todd Gilbert for a term expiring January 10, 2018
- Delegate Matthew James for a term expiring January 10, 2018
- The Honorable Patricia Lee West for a term expiring June 30, 2021
Senate Committee on Rules Appointees
Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. for a term expiring January 8, 2020
Senator Janet D. Howell, for a term expiring January 8, 2020
The Honorable Pete W. Stout, III, for a term expiring June 30, 2018
Walter C. Erwin for a term expiring June 30, 2020
Bernard L. Henderson, Jr. for a term expiring June 30, 2017
Sharon E. Pandak for a term expiring June 30, 2019
G. Stewart Petoe
Phone: 804-786-3591 ext. 298
Phone: 804-786-3591 ext. 296
Phone: 804-786-3591 ext. 302
General Staff Contact
201 N. 9th St., 2nd Floor
Richmond, VA 23219