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Posted at 9:38 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Sen. Mamie Locke elected chair of Virginia Legislative Black Caucus

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Sen. Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton) was elected chairwoman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus at its first meeting of the year.

Locke replaces Del. Kenneth Cooper Alexander (D-Norfolk), who served for two years and did not run again. The caucus has 18 members in the House of Delegates and state Senate.

"During Delegate Alexander's tenure, we came together as a caucus and I remain proud of our accomplishments as we confronted declining budget revenues, a transformed political environment, and a recession, while fighting for the needs and hopes of our constituents,'' Locke said in a statement. "I'm honored to succeed him and I am proud to follow in the steps of others who have preceded me."

Locke, dean of Hampton University's School of Liberal Arts, has represented parts of Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Suffolk since 2004. She was a member of the Hampton City Council and its mayor 2000-2004.

By Anita Kumar  | January 12, 2011; 9:38 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, State Senate  
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No, this fine organization, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus is not racist in any way, shape or form.

Posted by: | January 12, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I have a difficult time with any caucus. It's bad enough with how divisive the parties are, without also establishing "special" groups.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 12, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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