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Virginia General Assembly Begins Wednesday

Senators and delegates 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.

McLean's representatives are:

Virginia Senate 2013

  • Senator Barbara Favola, District 31
  • Senator Janet Howell, District 32

Virginia House of Delegates 2013

  • Delegate Bob Brink, District 48
  • Delegate Barbara Comstock, District 34
  • Delegate Mark Keam, District 35
  • Delegate Jim Scott, District 53

Five of these lawmakers recently participated in a town hall meeting in McLean. Read the full article to find out what's on their legislative agendas.

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

McLean Patch Daily Newsletter Registration

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