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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Cox selects Gilbert for House deputy majority leader

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Newly elected House Majority Leader Kirk Cox has tapped Del. Todd Gilbert to be his deputy.

Gilbert, one of the House of Delegates' most conservative voices and a prosecutor from the Shenandoah Valley, will take a lead role in floor debates among other leadership duties.

"Having observed Todd on the House floor for several years, I have been extremely impressed with his debating skills and ability to articulate our conservative philosophy,'' Cox said in a statement. "I know he will do a great job defending the values that we share.''

Republicans elected Cox (R-Colonial Heights) the new majority leader a week ago. Cox was persuaded by Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) to run for the post to replace Congressman-elect Morgan Griffith. Del. Bill Janis (R-Goochland) defeated Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) in the contest to replace Cox as majority whip.

"I have always had a lot of faith in Delegate Cox as a leader, and I am grateful that he has placed that kind of faith in me as well. I am looking forward to playing a key role in our new leadership team," Gilbert said.

Republicans now control 61 seats in the House. The General Assembly returns for its 46-day session Jan. 12.

By Anita Kumar  | December 13, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates  
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