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General Assembly 2013: Area Lawmakers Head to Richmond

Senators Dave Marsden, Chap Petersen, Mark Herring, and Dels. David Bulova, Tim Hugo, Jim LeMunyon are heading to Richmond for the 2013 session of Virginia's General Assembly.

The Virginia General Assembly will convene at noon Wednesday for its 2013 session. 

In odd-numbered years, the General Assembly meets for 30 days, with the option to extend the session for a maximum of another 30 days. 

The General Assembly consists of the House of Delegates with 100 members and the Senate with 40 members.  The 140 elected representatives are from an equal number of constituent districts across the commonwealth.

Area representatives are:

Virginia Senate 2013

Senator Dave Marsden

Member since 2010 (delegate from 2006-09); Democrat; District 37: (see accompanying map)

Contact Marsden at: district37@senate.virginia.gov; 804-698-7537

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenDaveMarsden

Senator Chap Petersen

Elected in 2007; Democrat; District 34: (see accompanying map)

Contact Petersen at:info@fairfaxsenator.com; 804-698-7534

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChapPetersen

Senator Mark Herring

A member of the Senate since 2006; Democrat; District 33 (see accompanying map)

Contact Herring at: senator@markherring.org; 804.698.7533 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChapPetersen

Virginia House of Delegates 2013

  • Delegate David Bulova

Member since 2006; Democrat; District 37 (see accompanying map); Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidBulova

Member since 2003; Republican; District 40 (see accompanying map); Twitter: https://twitter.com/TimHugo

  • Delegate Jim LeMunyon

Member since 2009; Republican; District 67 (see accompanying map); Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimLeMunyon

(Take LeMunyon's 2013 Constituent Survey.)

Cool Stuff to Know

The House of Delegates is presided over by the Speaker of the House.

The Senate is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, currently Bill Bolling.

The Republican Party currently holds the majority in the House of Delegates, and exactly 50 percent of the Senate. The breaking of tie votes falls to the Lieutenant Governor.

Virginia's General Assembly is the oldest legislative body in the Western hemisphere, founded July 30, 1619, in Jamestown as the House of Burgesses.

Useful Links:

2013 Session Meeting Schedule

Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Virginia House of Delegates Live Session Video Stream

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