Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly is the legislative body of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World (Western Hemisphere), established on July 30, 1619. The General Assembly is a bicameral body consisting of a lower house, the Virginia House of Delegates, with 100 members, and an upper house, the Senate of Virginia, with 40 members. Combined, the General Assembly consists of 140 elected representatives from an equal number of constituent districts across the commonwealth. The House of Delegates is presided over by the Speaker of the House, while the Senate is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. The House and Senate each elect a clerk and sergeant-at-arms. The Senate of Virginia's clerk is known as the "Clerk of the Senate" (instead of as the "Secretary of the Senate", the title used by the U.S. Senate).

Virginia General Assembly
161st Virginia General Assembly
Type
Type
HousesSenate
House of Delegates
History
FoundedJuly 30, 1619 (1619-07-30)
Leadership
Winsome Sears (R)
since January 15, 2022
Todd Gilbert (R)
since January 12, 2022
Louise Lucas (D)
since January 8, 2020
Structure
Seats140
Senate political groups
  •   Democratic (21)
  •   Republican (18)
House of Delegates political groups
Elections
Senate last election
November 5, 2019
House of Delegates last election
November 2, 2021
Meeting place
Virginia State Capitol, Richmond
Website
virginiageneralassembly.gov

Following the 2019 election, the Democratic Party held a majority of seats in both the House and the Senate for the first time since 1996. They were sworn into office on January 8, 2020, at the start of the 161st session.[1][2] The Republicans recaptured the majority in the House of Delegates in the 2021 election.


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