New Leadership in General Assembly Announced

CapitolIn a few short weeks, we will not only ring in a new year but dive into a new General Assembly Session. The results of the 2019 elections place new leadership in both chambers which means a new Speaker of the House, new Majority and Minority Leaders in both bodies, as well as all-new committee chairman in both chambers of the legislature.

With this new era in Virginia’s General Assembly and a more urban profile of the leadership, it becomes even more important to communicate our message on how policy impacts the industries of agriculture and forestry. Our members and staff have always worked to educate policymakers in all positions, we will continue to work to represent Farm Bureau policy in the most effective way possible.

As we move closer to Session announcements have been made by leadership on who they have selected as designees for post and committee chairmanships. Check out the list below to learn more about who has been selected. Each name has been hyperlinked to page you can learn more about each leader.

To follow along during Session you can learn more about the bills, watch committee and floor meetings live via video, and lots more by going to the General Assembly website at


President of the Senate – Lieutenant Governor – Justin Fairfax (D)

President Pro-Tempore-designeeL. Louise Lucas (D) Portsmouth

Senate Majority LeaderRichard “Dick” Saslaw (D) Fairfax

Senate Minority Leader – Thomas “Tommy” Norment (R) Williamsburg   


Senate Committees Chairman Designees

Agriculture, Conservation & Natural ResourcesJ. Chapman “Chap” Petersen (D) Fairfax City

Commerce & Labor CommitteeRichard “Dick” Saslaw (D) Fairfax

Courts of JusticeJohn Edwards (D) Roanoke

Education & HealthL. Louise Lucas (D) Portsmouth

Finance – Janet Howell (D) Fairfax

RulesMamie E. Locke (D) Hampton

Rehabilitation & Social ServicesBarbara Favola (D) Arlington

General LawsGeorge Barker (D) Fairfax

Local GovernmentLynwood Lewis (D) Accomack

Transportation  – Dave Marsden (D) Fairfax

Privileges & ElectionsCreigh Deeds (D) Bath


House of Delegates       

Speaker of the HouseEileen Filler-Corn (D) Springfield

Majority Leader Charniele L. Herring (D) Alexandria

Minority LeaderTodd Gilbert (R) Shenandoah


House Committee Chairman Designees

Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural ResourcesKen Plum (D) Reston

AppropriationsLuke Torian (D) Dumfries

Commerce and LaborJeion Ward (D) Hampton

Counties, Cities and TownsKaye Kory (D) Falls Church

Courts of JusticeCharniele Herring (D) Alexandria

EducationRoslyn Tyler (D) Jarratt

FinanceVivian Watts (D) Annandale

General LawsDavid Bulova (D) Fairfax Station

Health, Welfare and InstitutionsMark Sickles (D) Franconia

Militia, Police and Public SafetyPatrick Hope (D) Arlington

Privileges and ElectionsJoe Lindsey (D) Norfolk

RulesEileen Filler-Corn (D) Springfield

Science and TechnologyCliff Hayes (D) Chesapeake

TransportationDelores McQuinn (D) Richmond

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