At noon today, I stood on the Floor of the House Chambers in the historic State Capitol in Richmond.
As I have done six times before, I raised my right hand and took the oath of office to begin my seventh term of service in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Even though I have been doing this job for a dozen years now, I am still awed by the sight of this beautiful building. This legislative body is where so much history was made in the past four centuries.
I feel incredibly blessed to have been part of this institution and am proud of the contributions my office made to our state's laws and policies.
This honor of holding public office would not be possible without the trust that the residents of the 35th District placed in me. For that, I will forever be grateful, and I want to thank the voters once again for letting me represent them in their state government.
Unlike last year's legislative session which was forced to be held virtually due to COVID, this year, we are back in person.
I will be working full time in Richmond for the next two months with many of my old colleagues and welcoming seventeen new members who were elected to the House in November.
With these new members, the House of 100 members is now split 52-48 among Republicans and Democrats.
I also look forward to working with the new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General who will be sworn in this weekend.
Today, I introduced over 20 bills that address a wide range of problems and issues brought to my attention by constituents and advocates.
The list of all of my bills can be found here. In a future email, I will share details of my legislative agenda.
During this two-year term, I will serve on these three House committees: Commerce and Energy, Courts of Justice, and Finance. I have been a member of these committees for most of my time in the House, so I am excited to continue working on these issues.
As I have done during previous legislative sessions, I plan to send email updates from Richmond once or twice a week to keep you updated on our work.
I am also excited to unveil a new website I’m launching today, which includes information about various state agencies that you may need services from.
My office would be happy to assist you with any constituent matters, so please feel free to email or call me with your thoughts and comments at any time.