Virginia House of Delegates

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Virginia House of Delegates
Virginia General Assembly
Seal of Virginia.svg
Term limits
Preceded by House of Burgesses
New session started
January 8, 2020
Eileen Filler-Corn (D)
since January 8, 2020
Majority Leader
Charniele Herring (D)
since January 8, 2020
Minority Leader
Todd Gilbert (R)
since January 8, 2020
Suzette Denslow
since January 8, 2020
Virginia House of Delegates (2020).svg
Political groups
  •   Democratic (55)


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle IV, Virginia Constitution
Salary$17,640/year + per diem
Last election
November 5, 2019
Next election
November 2, 2021
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
Speaker Bill Howell opens session at Virginia House of Delegates.jpg
House of Delegates Chamber
Virginia State Capitol
Richmond, Virginia
Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia House of Delegates is one of the two parts of the Virginia General Assembly, the other being the Senate of Virginia. It has 100 members elected for terms of two years; unlike most states, these elections take place during odd-numbered years. The House is presided over by the Speaker of the House, who is elected from among the House membership by the Delegates. The Speaker is usually a member of the majority party and, as Speaker, becomes the most powerful member of the House. The House shares legislative power with the Senate of Virginia, the upper house of the Virginia General Assembly. The House of Delegates is the modern-day successor to the Virginia House of Burgesses, which first met at Jamestown in 1619. The House is divided into Democratic and Republican caucuses. In addition to the Speaker, there is a majority leader, majority caucus chair, minority leader, minority caucus chair, and the chairs of the several committees of the House.

Only three states—Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia—refer to their lower house as the House of Delegates.

History and location

The House of Burgesses was the first elected legislative body in the New World. [1] Originally having 22 members, the House of Burgesses met from 1619 through 1632 in the choir of the church at Jamestown. [2] From 1632 to 1699 the legislative body met at four different state houses in Jamestown. The first state house convened at the home of Colonial Governor Sir John Harvey from 1632 to 1656. The burgesses convened at the second state house from 1656 until it was destroyed in 1660. Historians have yet to precisely identify its location. [3]

The House of Burgesses had its final meeting in May 1776, and the House of Delegates took its place in October of that year.

The House has met in Virginia's Capitol Building, designed by Thomas Jefferson, since 1788. The legislative body met from 1788 to 1904 in what is known as today the Old Hall of the House of Delegates or commonly referred to as the Old House Chamber. The Old House Chamber is part of the original Capitol building structure. It measures 76 feet in width and is filled today with furnishings that resemble what the room would have looked like during its time of use. There are many bronze and marble busts of historic Virginians on display in the Old House Chamber, including: George Mason, George Wythe, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, and Meriwether Lewis. From 1904 to 1906, University of Virginia graduate and architect John K. Peeples designed and built compatible classical wings to the west and east side of the Capitol building. The new wings added to provide more space and serve as the legislative chambers in the Virginia General Assembly, the Senate of Virginia resides in the west chamber and the House of Delegates resides in the east chamber. The General Assembly members and staff operate from offices in the General Assembly Building, located in Capitol Square. Prior to 1788 the House of Delegates met in the Colonial Capital of Williamsburg.

In 1999, Republicans took control of the House of Delegates for the first time since Reconstruction (with the exception of a brief 2-year period in which the Readjuster Party was in the majority in the 1880s). The Republican Party held the majority until 2019, when the Democratic Party won a majority of the seats, thus regaining control of the House of Delegates. The majority was sworn in on January 8, 2020, after which Eileen Filler-Corn was elected as the first female and Jewish Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. [4]

Salary and qualifications

The annual salary for delegates is $17,640 per year. [5] Each delegate represents roughly 84,702 people. [5] Candidates for office must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the election, residents of the districts they seek to represent, and qualified to vote for General Assembly legislators. [6] [7] The regular session of the General Assembly is 60 days long during even numbered years and 30 days long during odd numbered years, unless extended by a two-thirds vote of both houses. [6] [8]


Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution of Virginia stipulates that the House of Delegates shall consist of between 90 and 100 members. It does not put any condition on the number of districts and only speaks of "several house districts". While there used to be multi-member districts, since 1982, there have been 100 districts electing one member each.

Current political composition

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
Previous legislature (2016–2018)66341000
Previous legislature (2018-2020)51491000
Begin 202045551000
June 28, 20204455991 [9]
November 15, 20204454982 [10]
November 19, 20204554991 [11]
December 12, 20204553982 [12]
January 11, 202145551000 [13]
Latest voting share

Historical party control

(The party control table shows the balance of power after each recent general election. The preceding Makeup table includes results of special elections since the last general election.)

Years Democrats Republicans Independents
1998–200050 [14] 491

House leadership

Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn
Majority Leader Charniele Herring
Minority Leader Todd Gilbert
Caucus Chair Kathy Byron

Committee chairs and ranking members

The House has 14 standing committees. [15]

CommitteeChairSenior Minority Member
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Kenneth R. Plum R. Lee Ware
Appropriations Luke Torian M. Kirkland Cox
Communications, Technology and Innovation Cliff Hayes Jr. Kathy Byron
Counties Cities and Towns Kaye Kory Charles Poindexter
Courts of Justice Charniele Herring Terry Kilgore
Education Roslyn Tyler Mark L. Cole
Finance Vivian E. Watts Robert D. Orrock, Sr.
General Laws David Bulova Thomas C. Wright, Jr.
Health, Welfare and Institutions Mark D. Sickles Robert D. Orrock, Sr.
Labor and Commerce Jeion Ward Terry Kilgore
Privileges and Elections Marcus Simon Robert D. Orrock, Sr.
Public Safety Patrick Hope Thomas C. Wright, Jr.
Rules Eileen Filler-Corn M. Kirkland Cox
Transportation Delores McQuinn Robert B. Bell


The Virginia House of Delegates is reelected every two years, with intervening vacancies filled by special election. The list below contains the House delegates that will serve in the 161st Virginia General Assembly, which will convene in January 2020.

DistrictNamePartyAreas RepresentedFirst Election
1 Terry Kilgore Rep Lee, Scott, Wise (part) Norton 1993
2 Candi King Dem Prince William (part), Stafford (part)2020
3 Will Morefield Rep Bland, Buchanan, Russell (part), Tazewell 2009
4 Will Wampler Rep Dickenson, Russell (part), Washington (part), Wise (part)2019
5 Israel O'Quinn Rep Grayson, Smyth (part), Washington (part) Bristol, Galax 2011
6 Jeff Campbell Rep Carroll, Smyth (part), Wythe 2013
7 Nick Rush Rep Floyd, Montgomery (part), Pulaski (part)2011
8 Joseph McNamara Rep Craig, Montgomery (part), Roanoke (part) Salem 2018
9 Charles Poindexter Rep Franklin (part), Henry (part), Patrick 2007
10 Wendy Gooditis Dem Clarke (part), Frederick (part), Loudoun (part)2017
11 Sam Rasoul Dem Roanoke (part)2013
12 Chris Hurst Dem Giles, Montgomery (part), Pulaski (part) Radford 2017
13 Danica Roem DemPrince William (part) Manassas Park 2017
14 Danny Marshall RepHenry (part), Pittsylvania (part) Danville 2001
15 Todd Gilbert Rep Page, Rockingham (part), Shenandoah, Warren (part)2005
16 Les Adams RepHenry (part), Pittsylvania (part) Martinsville 2013
17 Chris Head Rep Botetourt (part), Roanoke (part)Roanoke (part)2011
18 Michael Webert Rep Culpeper (part), Fauquier (part), Rappahannock, Warren (part)2011
19 Terry Austin Rep Alleghany, Bedford (part), Botetourt (part) Covington 2013
20 John Avoli Rep Augusta (part), Highland, Nelson(part) Staunton, Waynesboro 2019
21 Kelly Fowler Dem Virginia Beach (part) Chesapeake (part)2017
22 Kathy Byron RepBedford (part), Campbell (part), Franklin (part) Lynchburg (part)1997
23 Wendell Walker Rep Amherst (part), Bedford (part)2019
24 Ronnie R. Campbell RepAmherst (part), Augusta (part), Bath, Rockbridge Buena Vista, Lexington 2018
25 Chris Runion Rep Albemarle (part), Augusta (part), Rockingham (part)2019
26 Tony Wilt RepRockingham (part) Harrisonburg 2010
27 Roxann Robinson Rep Chesterfield (part) Chester 2010
28 Joshua G. Cole DemStafford (part) Fredericksburg (part)2017
29 Bill Wiley Rep Frederick (part), Warren (part) Winchester, Front Royal (part)2020
30 Nick Freitas Rep Culpeper (part), Madison, Orange 2015
31 Elizabeth Guzmán Dem Fauquier (part), Prince William (part)2017
32 David A. Reid Dem Loudoun (part)2017
33 Dave LaRock RepClarke (part), Frederick (part), Loudoun (part)2013
34 Kathleen Murphy Dem Fairfax (part), Loudoun (part)2015
35 Mark Keam DemFairfax (part)2009
36 Kenneth R. Plum Dem1981
37 David Bulova Dem Fairfax 2005
38 Kaye Kory Dem2009
39 Vivian Watts Dem1995
40 Dan Helmer DemFairfax (part), Prince William (part)2019
41 Eileen Filler-Corn DemFairfax (part)2010
42 Kathy Tran Dem2017
43 Mark Sickles Dem2003
44 Paul Krizek Dem2015
45 Mark Levine Dem Arlington (part), Fairfax (part) Alexandria (part)2015
46 Charniele Herring Dem2009
47 Patrick Hope DemArlington (part)2009
48 Rip Sullivan DemArlington (part), Fairfax (part)2014
49 Alfonso H. Lopez Dem2011
50 Lee J. Carter DemPrince William (part) Manassas 2017
51 Hala Ayala Dem2017
52 Luke Torian Dem2009
53 Marcus Simon DemFairfax (part) Falls Church 2013
54 Bobby Orrock Rep Caroline (part), Spotsylvania (part)1989
55 Buddy Fowler RepCaroline (part), Hanover (part), Spotsylvania (part)2009
56 John McGuire Rep Goochland (part), Henrico (part), Louisa, Spotsylvania (part)2017
57 Sally L. Hudson DemAlbemarle (part) Charlottesville 2019
58 Rob Bell RepAlbemarle (part), Fluvanna (part), Greene, Rockingham (part)2001
59 Matt Fariss RepAlbemarle (part), Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell (part), Nelson (part)2011
60 James E. Edmunds RepCampbell (part), Charlotte, Halifax, Prince Edward 2009
61 Thomas C. Wright Rep Amelia, Cumberland, Lunenburg (part), Mecklenburg, Nottoway 2000
62 Carrie Coyner RepChesterfield (part), Henrico (part), Prince George (part) Hopewell (part)2019
63 Lashrecse Aird DemChesterfield (part), Dinwiddie (part), Prince George (part)Hopewell (part), Petersburg 2015
64 Emily Brewer Rep Isle of Wight (part), Prince George (part), Southampton (part), Surry (part), Sussex (part) Franklin (part), Suffolk (part)2017
65 Lee Ware RepChesterfield (part), Fluvanna (part), Goochland (part), Powhatan 1998
66 Kirk Cox RepChesterfield (part) Colonial Heights 1989
67 Karrie Delaney DemFairfax (part), Loudoun (part)2017
68 Dawn Adams DemChesterfield (part), Henrico (part) Richmond (part)2017
69 Betsy B. Carr DemChesterfield (part)2009
70 Delores McQuinn DemChesterfield (part), Henrico (part)2009
71 Jeff Bourne DemHenrico (part)2017
72 Schuyler VanValkenburg Dem2017
73 Rodney Willett DemRichmond (part)2019
74 Lamont Bagby Dem Charles City, Henrico (part)2015
75 Roslyn Tyler Dem Brunswick, Dinwiddie (part) Greensville, Isle of Wight (part), Lunenburg (part), Southampton (part), Surry (part), Sussex (part) Emporia, Franklin (part)2005
76 Clinton Jenkins Dem Chesapeake (part), Suffolk (part)2019
77 Cliff Hayes Jr. Dem2016
78 Jay Leftwich RepChesapeake (part)2013
79 Steve Heretick Dem Norfolk (part), Portsmouth (part)2015
80 Don Scott DemChesapeake (part), Norfolk (part), Portsmouth (part), Suffolk (part)2019
81 Barry Knight RepChesapeake (part), Virginia Beach (part)2009
82 Jason Miyares RepVirginia Beach (part)2015
83 Nancy Guy DemNorfolk (part), Virginia Beach (part)2019
84 Glenn Davis RepVirginia Beach (part)2014
85 Alex Askew Dem2019
86 Ibraheem Samirah DemFairfax (part), Loudoun (part)2019
87 Suhas Subramanyam DemLoudoun (part), Prince William (part)2019
88 Mark Cole RepFauquier (part), Spotsylvania (part), Stafford (part)Fredericksburg (part)2001
89 Jay Jones DemNorfolk (part)2017
90 Angelia Williams Graves DemNorfolk (part), Virginia Beach (part)2020
91 Martha Mugler Dem York (part) Hampton (part), Poquoson 2019
92 Jeion Ward DemHampton (part)2003
93 Michael P. Mullin Dem James City (part), York (part) Newport News (part), Williamsburg 2016
94 Shelly Simonds DemNewport News (part)2019
95 Marcia Price DemHampton (part), Newport News (part)2015
96 Amanda Batten RepJames City (part), York (part)2019
97 Scott Wyatt RepHanover (part), King William (part), New Kent 2019
98 Keith Hodges Rep Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William (part), Mathews, Middlesex 2011
99 Margaret Ransone RepCaroline (part), King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland 2011
100 Robert Bloxom, Jr. Rep Accomack, Northampton Norfolk (part), Virginia Beach (part)2014

Database of Members past and present

Marking the 400th anniversary of the House of Burgesses, the House Clerk's Office announced a new Database of House Members called "DOME" that chronicles the "9,700-plus men and women who served as burgesses or delegates in the Virginia General Assembly over the past four centuries." [16] [17] [18]

See also


  1. "This Day in History" . Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  2. Commonwealth of Virginia. "Capitol Square Timeline" . Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  3. Commonwealth of Virginia. "Timeline".
  4. "Newly-Empowered Virginia Democrats Promise Action". Voice of America . Associated Press. January 8, 2020. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  5. 1 2 "Virginia House of Delegates". Retrieved September 11, 2008.
  6. 1 2 "Virginia State Legislature" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 17, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2008.
  7. "Constitution of Virginia, Article IV, Section 4. Qualifications of senators and delegates". Commonwealth of Virginia. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  8. "Constitution of Virginia, Article IV, Section 6. Legislative sessions". Virginia General Assembly. Archived from the original on December 18, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2008.
  9. Chris Collins resigned in order to accept a state judgeship, leaving his seat vacant.
  10. Joseph C. Lindsey resigned in order to accept a judgeship, leaving his seat vacant.
  11. Bill Wiley takes office after winning special election to replace Delegate Chris Collins.
  12. Jennifer Carroll Foy resigns to focus on her campaign for Governor.
  13. Candi King and Angelia Williams Graves win special elections.
  14. The 1997 general election yielded a 51-48-1 Democratic majority. David Brickley resigned his seat right afterward, however, and a special election for District 51 was called. His seat flipped to the Republicans, and with Independent Lacey Putney siding with the Republicans, the chamber was tied. Democrats retained the Speakership through a power-sharing agreement.
  15. "Virginia House of Delegates Committees List". Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  16. "Virginia House unveils new searchable website of its members". Village News. January 8, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  17. "Virginia House of Delegates unveils searchable website". Henrico Citizen. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  18. Hankerson, Mechelle (January 3, 2019). "New database holds 400 years worth of information on members of Virginia's legislature". Virginia MErcury. Retrieved January 25, 2019.

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