Leadership With A Proven Track-Record Of Success
Stephen E. (“Steve”) Heretick was born in Hopewell, Virginia, on May 29, 1960. Steve served on the Portsmouth City Council from 2005-2012. During his tenure, Steve served as Chair of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority, on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and many other boards and commissions. On City Council he fought to keep taxes low, while investing in public education, public safety, and bringing much needed economic development to Portsmouth. He is married to Stephanie von Schaaf of Walton, New York, and they have one son, Stephenson Ford von Schaaf-Heretick. Steve and his family live in the Glensheallah neighborhood with their rescue Labrador Gracie.
Steve attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology in 1982. Steve was accepted into a dual doctoral (J.D./Ph.D.) program sponsored jointly by Hahnemann University Medical School and Villanova University Law School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating with the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1988. Steve served clerkships with the Clerk of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and with the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Steve was subsequently selected to serve as a law clerk for the Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig, Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Following his federal judicial clerkship, Steve was selected to serve in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, serving first as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Northeastern United States from 1988 through 1990, and as Chief Counsel for the United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, serving from 1990 through 1992. During this time Steve was awarded the Regional Counsel’s Medal for Meritorious Service in 1989, and a Special Act Award from the Justice Department in 1991. Steve was nominated as the Federal Bureau of Prisons Attorney of the Year in 1991 and as United States Department of Justice Attorney of the Year in 1992. Steve was awarded the Justice Department Award for Public Service in 1992.
In 1992 Steve joined the firm of Moody, Strople & Kloeppel, Ltd., in Portsmouth, where he remained until 1996. As lead counsel in a series of landmark transportation cases, Steve was personally featured on “How Safe The Rails?”, a segment of Investigative Reports by Bill Kurtis Productions, and on the ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings. Steve was subsequently associated with the Norfolk firm of Payne, Gates, Farthing & Radd, P.C., from 1996 through 2000. In 2000 Steve established his present firm, Stephen E. Heretick, P.C., which is located in Portsmouth. Steve concentrates in corporate and commercial litigation, secured transactions, and labor litigation, representing regional, national, and international clients in state and federal courts throughout Virginia.
In July 2003 Steve was appointed to the Virginia Board of Medicine by Governor Mark Warner. Upon his reappointment to the Board in July 2007 by Governor Tim Kaine, Steve was elected President of the Virginia Board of Medicine in July 2007, the first non-physician in Virginia history to serve as President of the Board, which regulates over 40,000 physicians and health care providers throughout Virginia. Steve was reelected as President of the Virginia Board of Medicine in July 2008. He continued to serve until 2014 when his term expired. Steve served as a Fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards and then on the FSMB Foundation, ending his service in December 2019.
Steve won the Democratic Primary on June 9, 2015 and was elected by the citizens of Portsmouth and Norfolk to represent the 79th District of the Virginia House of Delegates on November 3, 2015. He was sworn into office January 13, 2016. He was re-elected on November 7, 2017. In 2019, the district was reconfigured by the Federal Courts to include Chesapeake and new parts of Portsmouth and Norfolk. Steve was then re-elected to another two-year term on November 5, 2019. On June 8, 2021, Steve was defeated in the Democratic primary and will leave office in January 2022.
During the 2021 legislative session and the upcoming Special Sessions, Steve is assigned to serve on four different full legislative committees and six subcommittees, of which he chairs three of them. Steve serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Counties, Cities, and Towns, and Chairs its subcommittee on statewide land use planning. Steve also serves on the House Labor and Commerce Committee, where he Chairs the subcommittee on healthcare and insurance, and also sits on its subcommittee on energy. Steve has served on the House Finance Committee since 2017, and now chairs the subcommittee on local and state tax policy in addition to serving on another finance subcommittee. Finally, Steve was most recently assigned by the Speaker of the House to serve on the House Courts of Justice Committee, where he also serves on the Subcommittee on Civil Laws. Following the Parkland School shooting in 2018, Steve served on the Special House Select Committee on School Safety (you can read their report HERE).