Ware served two terms on the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors, 1988–1996. He was board chairman for one year.
On December 17, 1997, state Senator Joseph Benedetti resigned his seat to accept Governor-elect Jim Gilmore's offer to become head of the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. 65th district Delegate John Watkins was chosen to succeed Benedetti in a special election on January 6, 1998. On January 13, the day before the Virginia General Assembly convened, Ware won a special election to replace Watkins. He was sworn in three days later.
|Virginia House of Delegates, 65th district|
|Jan 13, 1998||Special||R. Lee Ware, Jr.||Republican||7,479||65.42|
|Edward B. Barber||Democratic||3,550||31.05|
|Jeffrey M. Keegan||396||3.46|
|John Watkins was elected to the Senate; seat stayed Republican|
|Nov 2, 1999||General||R L Ware Jr||Republican||10,183||77.07|
|T R Belton||3,016||22.83|
|Nov 6, 2001||General||R L Ware Jr||Republican||18,851||74.93|
|C K Lowrie||Democratic||5,802||23.06|
|J H Girardeau III||Libertarian||498||1.98|
|Nov 4, 2003||General||R L Ware Jr||Republican||10,131||75.12|
|R E Williams||Democratic||3,351||24.85|
|Nov 8, 2005||General||R L Ware Jr||Republican||23,851||96.88|
|Nov 6, 2007||General||R. Lee Ware Jr.||Republican||14,944||98.02|
|Nov 3, 2009||General||R. Lee Ware Jr.||Republican||21,887||71.46|
|Gary R. Reinhardt||8,682||28.34|
|Nov 8, 2011||General||R. Lee Ware Jr.||Republican||14,991||97.59|
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