Joe Morrissey Virgina – Richmond VA Crimes, Wife & Mayor

Joseph Dee Morrissey or Joe Morrissey is an American businessman, Democratic Politician and also a former lawyer. Born on the 23rd of September 1957, Joe has won election to both the chambers of the Virginia General Assembly from various districts that include Richmond or the area surrounding Henrico County, Virginia. Currently, he represents the 16th Senate district of Virginia after being elected during the Virginia elections in the year 2019.

Joe served as an attorney of the Commonwealth of Richmond, Virginia from 1989 to 1993. He was first elected in the month of November 2007 to the Virginia House of Delegates. After getting re-elected multiple times, he finally resigned on the 18 of December, 2014 after admitting to the crime of having sex with a minor. However, once he was released from the prison, Joe won his own seat back as an independent. On the 25th of March, 2015 Joe resigned again from his post. He represented the 74th House District, which is made up of parts Henrico and Prince George Counties, as well as Charles City County and the cities of Richmond and Hopewell.

Early Life and Education

Joe Morrissey is the son of William F. Morrissey and Jean. William was a cardiologist by profession. Joe claims to be the descendant of John “Old Smoke” Morrissey, who was a US Congressman during the 19th century and also a one-time bare-knuckle boxer. Joe and his five other siblings grew up in a town called Annandale where he also attended parochial schools.

Morrissey went on to complete his B.A. from the University of Virginia in Economics in 1979. In 1982, he also did a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Later, in 2003, he went on to earn the Master of Laws degree with honors from Trinity College, Dublin.

Legal Career and Early Life Teaching

Morrissey taught the government as a high school teacher. Later, after having successfully got the admission to the Virginia bar, he started serving as a Commonwealth’s Attorney of Richmond, Virginia. This was during the period of 1989 to 1993. Morrissey also had his own private legal practice that he practiced between the period of 1993 and 2000.

From the year 2001 to 2002, Joe Morrissey served as a lecturer of Law at Portobello College situated in Ireland. He also taught in the law school for 2 years from 2001 to 2003 at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Other places where he has taught students include the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Sydney in Australia in 2003. He was ultimately fired from his post of a professor for failing to reveal the fact that he had been disbarred.

Career as a Politician

Joe Morrissey first won the election to the Virginia House of Delegates in the month of November, 2007, in which he represented a Richmond area district. After that he won re-election to that prime position many times. However, he ultimately resigned from the post due to various legal troubles. Although through a special election he did win the seat again, he permanently resigned when the lawmakers made the realization that he was running for a seat in the Virginia Senate from outside his own district. He was also forced to drop that campaign.

In the month of January 2013, Morrissey attracted the attention of the entire nation when he pulled an unloaded AK-47 from under his desk during a debate on gun control. He also flourished the gun on the floor of the House of Delegates. This was after a Republican-controlled subcommittee had rejected one of his bills that would have tightened gun controls on various weapons, such as AK-47 in the commonwealth. He also went on to make an announcement stating that there are many people who are still unaware that you can carry the AK-47 in many locations in the commonwealth. He went on to state that you can also walk in the middle of Main Street with a loaded AK-47 and still be free from any violation of the law.

On the 2th of March 2015, he was disqualified from the House of Delegates after having filed to run for a state Senate seat from outside his own district. In the month of September 2015, Morrissey dropped out of the senate race that allowed Rosalyn Dance to win the re-election without any active or strong opposition.


Morrissey was cited for contempt of court as an attorney almost ten times and was also either arrested or jailed five times. The Virginia State bar records say that he had also received a public reprimand in the month of March 1992. His law license was also suspended twice. First in the month of December 1993 and second in the month of December 1999.

On the 21st of December 2001, Joe Morrissey got debarred in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Again on the 25th of April, 2003 the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked his license to practice. Although he had appealed for the federal disbarment to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the disbarment got confirmed in the month of September 2002. It was carried out with an opinion that concluded by saying that the career of Joseph D. Morrissey as a private defense attorney and prosecutor has been marred due to frequent episodes of contumacious, unethical or otherwise inappropriate conduct.

Personal Life

Joe Morrissey married Myrna Pride in Varina, Virginia on the 11th of June, 2016. Although it was his first marriage, he has fathered six kids in total from four different women, which included his present wife. At the beginning he denied paternity of his son bon in the month of March 2015. Myrna Pride was the boy’s mother who was 17 years at the time and also a legal intern at his office. It was on the 20th of May, 2015 that Morrissey confirmed being the father of the child. However, both Morrissey and his wife claim that they did not have any sexual activity before the mother was of legal age.

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