Virginia House of Delegates


Virginia House of Delegates

, minority caucus chair, and the chairs of the several committees of the House. Through the House of Burgesses, the Virginia House of Delegates is considered the oldest continuous legislative body in the New World.

The House has met in Virginia's Capitol Building, designed by Thomas Jefferson, since 1788. In recent years, the General Assembly members and staff operate from offices in the General Assembly Building, located in Capitol Square.

Republicans took control of the traditionally Democratic House of Delegates for the first time since Reconstruction in 1999 (with the exception of a brief 2 year period in which the Readjuster Party was in the majority in the 1880s). However, the Democrats began making a comeback under the leadership of Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, gaining 6 seats during Warner's term in office (2002-2006), and 1 in a special election at the beginning of Kaine's term.

Salary and qualifications

The annual salary for delegates is $17,640 per year.cite web|url=http://www.dailypress.com/topic/politics/virginia-house-of-delegates-ORGOV0000123.topic|title=Virginia House of Delegates|publisher=DailyPress.com|accessdate=2008-09-11] Each delegate represents roughly 71,000 people.cite web|url=http://www.dailypress.com/topic/politics/virginia-house-of-delegates-ORGOV0000123.topic|title=Virginia House of Delegates|publisher=DailyPress.com|accessdate=2008-09-11] To qualify for office, assemblymen must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the election, residents of the district they represent, and qualified to vote for General Assembly legislators.cite web|url=http://www.vakids.org/pubs/virginia_state_legislature_faq.pdf|title=Virginia State Legislature|publisher=VAKids.org|accessdate=2008-09-11] The regular session of the General Assembly is 60 days long during even numbered years and 30 days long during odd numbered years, unless extended by a two-thirds vote of both houses.cite web|url=http://www.vakids.org/pubs/virginia_state_legislature_faq.pdf|title=Virginia State Legislature|publisher=VAKids.org|accessdate=2008-09-11]

Make-up of the Virginia House of Delegates

ee also

*List of Speakers of the Virginia House of Delegates
*Virginia state elections, 2007
*Senate of Virginia
*

References

External links

* [http://legis.state.va.us/ Virginia General Assembly] official government website
* [http://www.vote-smart.org/official_state_legislator.php?type=office&state_id=VA&criteria=lower Project Vote Smart - State House of Virginia]


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