Ruth Winters was hopeful when she met with Sen. Tommy Norment a few weeks after the Virginia Beach mass shooting.
As founder of the Peninsula chapter of Moms Demand Action, Winters was surprised she got a meeting in the first place — it was the first time to her knowledge the Republican Senate majority leader from James City County had agreed to meet with her organization. And she was even more surprised Tuesday when she arrived in Richmond and heard Norment wanted to ban guns in all government buildings.
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, has filed a bill for Tuesday’s special session of the General Assembly that would ban anyone from bringing a gun into a local government building, a measure that goes further than what Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed.
Norment, however, has a history of pushing certain votes in an attempt to embarrass Democrats.
A powerful Republican lawmaker has opened the door to one type of gun restriction as lawmakers and interest groups converge Tuesday on the State Capitol for a special legislative session on gun control.
Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City), the chamber’s majority leader, proposed a bill that would ban firearms from local government buildings around the state and make any violation a felony. State law now bans guns only in courthouses, and violation is a misdemeanor.
n a move that is at odds with the majority of his own party, Republican Sen. Tommy Norment says he wants to ban guns in all local government buildings.
The majority leader from James City County filed the bill Monday ahead of Tuesday’s special session of the legislature convened by Gov. Ralph Northam to take up gun safety measures in the wake of the mass shooting in a Virginia Beach municipal building.
Three days after a gunman fatally shot 12 people in Virginia Beach, State Sen. Majority Leader Tommy Norment said he expects the General Assembly to consider bills to limit the sales of extended magazines.
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment of James City and Del. Chris Peace of Hanover are Republicans who had something in common before they didn’t: Both were Democrats.
In 1978, Norment supported Hunter Andrews for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination. Andrews lost, but returned to the Virginia Senate, becoming the high-handed power broker on whom Norment patterned his own career.
Hampton Roads legislators played key roles in the 2019 General Assembly’s major initiatives.
Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr., R-James City County, and House Appropriations chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, were the key actors negotiating the budget.
A Virginia Military Institute yearbook overseen by future state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment in 1968 features a host of racist photos and slurs, including blackface.
The revelation about one of Virginia's most powerful Republicans comes as the state’s Democratic governor and attorney general are facing calls to resign over their own admissions they wore blackface as young men.
Senate Republicans unveiled a long-awaited plan to conform Virginia’s tax code with federal tax reforms on Wednesday, but their attempt to rewrite state tax policy at the same time immediately ran into political fire from Senate Democrats who were left out of negotiations.
A Senate panel cast a surprise vote on Monday for a bill to gradually increase Virginia’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 per hour by 2021, as two senior Republicans backed the measure sponsored by Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg.
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City County, and Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, joined Dance and three other Democrats in the 6-4 vote