Virginia General Assembly Begins Wednesday
Area lawmakers head to Richmond.
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.
Lorton and Fairfax Station's representatives are:
Virginia Senate 2013
Senator George Barker
Member since 2008
District 39: Prince William, Fairfax and greater Alexandria
Committees: Education and Health, General Laws and Technology, Rehabilitation and Social Services
Senator Toddy Puller
Member since 1999
District 36: Franconia, Mount Vernon, Lorton, Woodbridge, Stafford
Committees: Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services and Courts of Justice
Senator Dave Marsden
Member since 2010
37th District: Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax Station, Burke
Committees: Local Government, Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources and Transportation.
Virginia House of Delegates 2013
Del. Dave Albo
Member since 1994
42nd District: Lorton (part), Fairfax Station, West Springfield (part), Mount Vernon (part).
Del. Tim Hugo (Majority Caucus Chairman)
Member since 2003
40th District: Clifton (part) and Centreville
Committees: Finance, Privileges and Elections, Transportation and Commerce and Labor
The House of Delegates is presided over Speaker of the House Del. Bill Howell (R-28th).
The Senate is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, currently Republican 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.