Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

Youngkin calls on lawmakers to enact 'vision of change'

Jan. 17, 2022 18:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin asked the divided Virginia General Assembly on Monday to work with him to enact his “sweeping vision of change” for the state by rolling back taxes, expanding school choice and boosting funding for law enforcement. In his first joint...

Virginia's 1st female lt. gov. takes her seat in the Senate

Jan. 17, 2022 18:34 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — History-making Republican Winsome Earle-Sears began her tenure presiding over the Virginia Senate on Monday as the state's first woman to serve as lieutenant governor and the first Black woman to hold statewide office. “This indeed is an historic moment,”...

Ex-EPA workers ask Virginia senators not to confirm Wheeler

Jan. 14, 2022 13:43 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 150 former Environmental Protection Agency employees urged the Virginia Senate on Friday to oppose the nomination of former EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to GOP Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin's Cabinet. Youngkin announced last week that he had selected...

Former Virginia delegate charged with embezzlement

Jan. 13, 2022 12:11 PM EST

PEARISBURG, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia state legislator was charged Wednesday with embezzling from a historical society where he worked. Joseph Yost, 35, of Pearisburg was charged with four counts of embezzling from the Giles County Historical Society, The Roanoke Times...

Newly divided Virginia General Assembly kicks off session

Jan. 12, 2022 22:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A newly empowered Republican majority assumed control of the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday as the General Assembly opened its 2022 session under divided party control. Members of the House and Democrat-controlled Senate will be meeting for 60 days...

Republican concedes special election in Virginia House

Jan. 12, 2022 11:51 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Republican candidate running for Virginia's House of Delegates conceded the race late Tuesday after unofficial results from a special election showed his Democrat opponent leading. The outcome in the 89th House District, which represents parts of Norfolk,...

Virginia senator to receive $300k to settle protest lawsuit

Jan. 09, 2022 14:01 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The city of Portsmouth will pay a Virginia state senator $300,0000 under a settlement in a lawsuit the senator filed after she was charged with damaging a Confederate monument during a 2020 protest. Portsmouth police charged Sen. Louise Lucas and several...

Youngkin announces transportation secretary nominee

Jan. 07, 2022 18:46 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced Friday he has selected a retired Norfolk businessman and member of the state's transportation board to serve as the next secretary of transportation. With the announcement of Sheppard “Shep” Miller III's...

Virginia House won't have mask, vaccine mandates this year

Jan. 07, 2022 16:00 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia General Assembly is set to convene in person next week amid a surge in cases of COVID-19, and when it does, members in at least one chamber will not be facing mask, testing or vaccine mandates. The incoming leadership of the House of Delegates,...

Citing maps, Chase will end race for Virginia's 7th District

Jan. 03, 2022 19:53 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Conservative firebrand state Sen. Amanda Chase said Monday she is ending her bid for Congress, citing the impact of redistricting on Virginia's legislative maps. Chase had announced in November that she was joining the crowded race for the 7th Congressional...