Harry Purkey

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State House (Virginia 82)

Family: Wife: Sonja Firing; 3 Children: Harry Jr., Charlotte, Gregory

Born: 07/13/1934 Parsons, WV

Home: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Religion: Methodist

Education: BS, Business Administration/Economics, Old Dominion University, 1965 Attended, Wharton School of Business Attended, University of Pennsylvania

Profession: First Vice President/Resident Manager, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Incorporated, 1966-present Grain Trader, Continental Grain Company, 1958-1965 Staff Sargent, United States Army/United States Army Reserves, 1957-1962

Political: Delegate, Virginia State House of Delegates, 1986-present Inner Circle, United State Senate, 1982-1986 Republican Caucus Whip, Virginia State House of Delegates

Congressional Membership: Member, State of Virginia Economic Development Commission, 1985-1990 Party Chair, City Committee Chair, 1983-1985 Member, Virginia State Grand Old Party (GOP) Central Committee, 1983-1985 Board Member, Virginia Beach Economic Development, 1980-1985 Board Member, Virginia Public Beach and Erosion Commission, 1980-1984 Member, Governor's Commission on Government Reform 'Strike Force' Former Director, Industrial Development Authority Chair, Virginia Nanotechnology Commission Former Commissioner, Virginia Public Beach Commission

Organization Membership: Board Member/Trustee, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum, 2004-present Member, Finance Committee, Norfolk Sports Club Scholarship Committee, 1980-present Director/Board Member, Tidewater Automobile Association, 1980-present Director/Board Member, Old Dominion University Education Committee, 1989-1999 Director/Board Member, Old Dominion University Intercollegiate Foundation, 1984-1989 Director/Board Member, Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1984-1986 Chair, Republican Party of Virginia Board, 1983-1986 Board Member, Great Neck Recreation Association, 1975-1981 Board Member, Major Giving Committee, United Way, 1975-1979 Former Member, Chamber of Commerce Former Director, Great Neck Recreation Association Trustee, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Member, Norfolk Sports Club Former Chair, Virginia Beach Republican Party


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