I promise I will always serve the citizens of the 8th Senate District with honor and distinction. My vision is to make state government smaller, smarter, and more accountable while focusing on economic development and job creation for Virginia Beach. As always, the core role of government—the safety and security of our citizens—as well as transportation, education, and infrastructure, are my top priorities.
A Message from Bill
About Bill DeSteph
Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions. As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.
A Desert Storm veteran, DeSteph proudly served in the United States Navy, both as a chief petty officer and later as a naval special-warfare intelligence officer. He later joined the defense technology firm AMTI as a senior vice president and co-owner, where he assisted in the growth and eventual sale of the company. From 2003-2013, he served on the Virginia Beach City Council, where he earned a reputation as a fiscal conservative who consistently fought for government transparency and accountability.
DeSteph has given his time and resources to the city of Virginia Beach for years, coaching youth sports as well volunteering for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, the Noblemen, Hampton Roads Community Care and the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. He also serves on the Boy Scouts of America Tidewater Council Board of Directors, and is an active member of Law Enforcement United, participating in the annual “Road to Hope” bicycle ride for many years.
Bill believes in smaller, smarter government, and works tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Virginia Beach to promote public safety, free-market capitalism, energy independence, and private-sector job creation throughout the commonwealth and our great nation.
In Bill’s Own Words
Virginia Beach is home. I have lived here, worked here, volunteered here, and raised my children here. As a veteran, I understand the importance of a strong military presence in Hampton Roads. As a private businessman, I helped turn a small company into a large one and understand the pressures of making a payroll. As a Virginia Beach City Councilman, I advocated responsible spending of local tax dollars, and fought to control expenses, limit spending, and maintain low taxes.
I hope Virginia Beach is a better place because of my efforts. But I have not done it alone. I thank the many people who made it possible for me to seek a higher office where I can continue to serve. I have taken the same conservative business sense to the Virginia General Assembly that I brought to City Council, focusing on job growth and economic development, public safety, transportation, education, and smaller, smarter government.
Vocationally, Bill has been engaged in homeland security at the federal, state, and local level, which provides him with a unique understanding of complex policy issues, as well as the support, training, and resources needed to protect our families. Over 20 years ago, he joined the United States Navy as an enlisted sailor, working his way up to chief petty officer. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, he was commissioned as an intelligence officer and Naval Special Warfare Intelligence Officer. He proudly fought for our country during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Desert Provide Comfort prior to his retirement from Naval Special Warfare Group TWO.
After his naval career, Bill easily transitioned into the corporate environment, leveraging his operational, technical, and tactical skills into the business world. In 1999 he joined AMTI, headquartered in Virginia Beach, as senior vice president and co-owner, where he helped transform this 20-person defense-technology corporation into a leading national supplier of professional and technical services with over 600 employees, 6 satellite offices, and 23 additional client-site locations. AMTI was recognized as the ninth fastest growing business in Virginia (2003) and continues to flourish as a direct result of his leadership and guidance.
In late December of 2006, AMTI was sold to SAIC Inc., a 45,000-person, $9 billion company. This was truly an American success story. Today, Bill mentors neighboring companies, to help enhance the local economy and provide new job opportunities.
About Virginia’s 8th Senate District
The 8th Virginia Senate District has over 174,000 residents divided among 35 voting precincts. The 8th Senate District includes the Virginia Beach Oceanfront from the the eastern half of the Lynnhaven Inlet on Shore Drive to the North Carolina border and includes First Landing State Park, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, NAS Oceana and CDSA Dam Neck Naval Station.
Each Senator is elected from a separate and distinct district for a term of four years. All Senators’ terms begin and end at the same time. Every four years the Senate reorganizes after the general election in which are elected. A Senator represents approximately 200,000 citizens of the Commonwealth. District lines are drawn after the Federal Census every 10 years so that each Senator represents the same number of Virginians. The last redistricting of our state districts occurred in 2011.