(The Heart Sq.) – Virginia Home of Delegates committees can have a brand new slate of leaders when Republicans take slender management of the chamber in early January.
This week, Speaker-designee Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, introduced the brand new chairs for 5 of the chamber’s committees. The checklist features a sequence of established lawmakers, most of whom have been in workplace for a few decade.
“I am happy to announce extra of the Home of Delegates management workforce for the upcoming Basic Meeting session,” Gilbert mentioned in an announcement. “These new committee chairs will deliver a wealth of expertise to their new assignments, and so they be a part of seven different chairs already appointed. I stay up for working with all of them to enact our shared common sense, conservative agenda.”
Del. Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Seashore, will lead the chamber’s Schooling Committee. Davis, who has served within the chamber since 2014, has been on the Schooling Committee since he was elected. He has supported laws to develop faculty selection alternatives and has expressed opposition to important race idea in public training.
Del. Tony Wilt, R-Rockingham, will chair the Public Security Committee. Wilt has been in workplace since 2010 and has served on the Public Security Committee since he was elected. Throughout his time in workplace, he has sponsored laws to develop gun rights. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilt sponsored laws to restrict the governor’s emergency govt powers, which might have required the governor to undergo the Basic Meeting.
Gilbert additionally introduced Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, will chair the Finance Committee. Robinson was first elected in 2010. Del. Keith Hodges, R-Middlesex, who has been in workplace since 2012, will chair the Counties, Cities and Cities Committee and Del. Margaret Ransone, R-Westmoreland, who has additionally been in workplace since 2012, will chair the Privileges and Elections.
Within the 2021 elections, Republicans flipped seven seats to take a slender 52-48 majority within the chamber. The caucus’s victory broke a brief two-year majority for Home Democrats. Earlier than the final two years, Democrats had not held a majority within the chamber because the late Nineteen Nineties.
For the reason that election, one Democratic member, Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, resigned his seat to spend time along with his household after he discovered his spouse was pregnant with their first little one, which adjustments the bulk to 52-47. The 89th District will maintain a particular election on Jan. 11. It’s a sturdy Democratic district.
Home Republican management must work with a Democratic majority within the Senate, which has equally slender management: 21-19. The Senate make-up didn’t change in 2021 as a result of no senators had been up for reelection.