This weekend, 140 lawmakers returned home to their regular lives after 60 days of committee meetings, constitution lobby days, debate and floor sessions.
Unlike some states, Virginia relies on part-time citizen legislators who take a month or two out of their lives to serve.
Virginians have a chance to vote on the next license plate design, which is focused on ending distracted driving.
Nearly 200 high schoolers from across the state submitted designs, and eight finalists were chosen from different regions.
In her first bid for political office, Democrat Kelly Convirs-Fowler defeated veteran Del. Ron Villanueva in the House of Delegates 21st District.
With 19 of 20 precincts reporting, Fowler led by more than 5 percentage points.
Democratic House of Delegates candidate Kelly Fowler knows a lot of famous people.
Or at least that’s what voters might think after Fowler received two endorsements from celebrities with ties to Virginia Beach this week: “The Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo and “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jason George.
Veteran state Del. Ron Villanueva, who has breezed to victories in recent elections, faces a political newcomer this year in a race some analysts say could be tight.
Villanueva, a Republican, has represented the House of Delegates 21st District since 2009. His opponent is Democrat Kelly Convirs-Fowler,
While announcing a $16 million settlement this month, federal officials alleged a Virginia Beach defense contractor concealed its control of two other Beach companies so they could win federal contracts set aside for small or disadvantaged businesses.
And at the intersection of the three companies is state Del. Ron Villanueva.
Veteran state Del. Ron Villanueva will face first-time candidate Kelly Convirs-Fowler in the House of Delegates’ 21st District race in November.
Villanueva, a Republican, brushed aside a primary challenge Tuesday from William “Bill” Haley. With 19 of 20 precincts reporting, Villanueva had about 59 percent of the vote.
With the 2016 presidential election still fresh in their minds, two first-time political candidates are competing for veteran Del. Ron Villanueva’s seat.
Tom Brock and Kelly Convirs-Fowler are running to be the Democratic nominee in the 21st House District, which covers parts of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Villanueva, a Republican, will face a challenge from William “Bill” Haley.
State Democrats want a local House of Delegates candidate to drop out of the primary race because of racist comments he made on his personal Facebook profile in 2011.
Tom Brock is running in the Democratic primary for the General Assembly seat held by Republican Del. Ron Villanueva. Absentee voting for the race started April 28, and regular voting for the primary is June 13.
“Tom Brock’s racist jokes are appalling,” said a statement from House Democratic Leader David Toscano and Caucus Chairwoman Charniele Herring.
The House of Delegates approved a bill Friday that would allow victims of domestic violence access to concealed handguns before being approved for a permit.
HB 1852 would allow people with protective orders to carry a concealed handgun as long as they apply for a permit. It was introduced by a Republican coalition of delegates including Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah County, Nick Freitas of Culpeper, Rick Morris of Suffolk County, Ron Villanueva of Virginia Beach and Michael Webert of Fauquier County.