Week 1 of the Virginia General Assembly Session is complete!
On Wednesday, January 8, the Virginia House of Delegates reconvened for their 2020 session. This year’s session convened with Democrats in control of the state legislature for the FIRST time in over TWO decades.
It is a honor to be part of a historically diverse General Assembly and to have women of color, like myself, lead committees and have a historically diverse group of committee chairs and vice-chairs.
The Members of this House represent a wide range of experience, thought, orientation, religion, backgrounds and I am excited for what's to come!
Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast
Before the House and Senate convened on the opening day of the legislative session, I attended the annual Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast with my pastor, Rev. Jerome Barber of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple, Pastor Gail House, and friends.
This year it was presided by the Honorable Nancy Rodrigues and blessed by CEO of International Cooperating Ministries, Janice Rosser Allen.
Many of the speakers reflected on the need for compassion and understanding toward one another, and to consider the impact the legislation proposed this session will have on Virginians.
Chief Judge Roger Gregory of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a powerful message, reminding everyone that your "cleansing is through the fire" and to use your weaknesses as strengths!
Continuing the tradition of prior years, my pastor, Rev. Jerome Barber was in attendance to pray with me before the start of session.
Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and myself during the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast.
I am happy to report that I am Chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee!
In addition, I have been assigned to three other committees: Transportation, Rules, and Communications,Technology, and Innovation Committee.
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