A Closer Look at House Committee Assignments

In the General Assembly, who sits on a committee can determine if a bill becomes law -- or is defeated. VPAP takes a deep dive into how Democrats have put their new majority stamp on House committee assignments.

Geographic Distribution of Committee Chairs

Leadership is Spread Across State

Leadership is Concentrated

More Responsibility Brings More Duties

The shift in party control will give Democrats more seats on standing committees. For returning Democratic Senators, this will mean each will carry a larger committee workload.

Increased Committee Work for Democratic Delegates

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Less Responsibility Means Less Committee Work

The shift in party control means fewer seats for Republicans. For returning GOP Delegates, this will mean more downtime when committees are meeting.

Less Committee Work for GOP Delegates

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Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Jan. 11, 2020