Democrats reshuffle committees in Virginia Senate
Democrats in the Virginia Senate will be exercising their newly enlarged majority through committee assignments that will be announced soon.
According to a Democratic source, the Steering Committee, a group of senators responsible for committee assignments, will not be replacing former Republican Sen. Ken Stolle on the powerful Finance Committee. Stolle resigned his seat after he was elected sheriff of Virginia Beach in November and was succeeded by Sen. Jeff McWaters, elected Tuesday in a special election.
Instead, the chamber's most important committee, will be allowed to drop from 16 members to 15. That means GOP representation on the committee will decrease from 7 of 16 members to 6 of 15.
There will be two new Democrats on the Courts of Justice Committee. Stolle is being replaced there by a Democrat. So is former Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, who resigned after he was elected state attorney general in November. Democratic Sen. David Marsden won Cuccinelli's seat on Tuesday. Now, Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond) will be joining Courts.
There are some other shifts, including former gubernatorial nominee Sen. Creigh Deeds to the Commerce and Labor Committee. Stay tuned for more.
January 15, 2010; 11:29 AM ET
Categories: Creigh Deeds , General Assembly 2010 , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate
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