|Dear Friends -
Thank you for the privilege of conveying once
again—through your elective delegation—your principles, convictions, and
interests to the oldest legislative body in the Western world.
In coming months I look forward to receiving your review of the
Assembly’s actions for 2009. For your education and interest, we are
posting my weekly reports from Capitol Hill. Any questions or
comments are greatly appreciated. Click
here for LIVE Video Streaming when we are in session.
R. Lee Ware
||The Virginia General Assembly is the
legislative body of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its existence dates
from the establishment of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown in 1619.
It became the General Assembly in 1776 with the ratification of the
The General Assembly is a bicameral
body consisting of a lower house, the Virginia House of Delegates, with
100 members, and an upper house, the Virginia Senate, with 40 members.
The House of Delegates is presided over by a Speaker of the House, while
the Senate of Virginia is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of
|The House and Senate each
elect a clerk and sergeant-at-arms. Unlike the United States Senate, the
Senate of Virginia's clerk is known as the "Clerk of the
Senate", instead of the title "Secretary of the Senate"
used in the U.S. Senate.
The General Assembly meets in
Virginia's capital, Richmond. When sitting in Richmond, the General
Assembly holds sessions in the Virginia State Capitol, designed by
Thomas Jefferson in 1788 and expanded in 1904. The building was
renovated in 2005-2006. Senators and Delegates have their offices in the
General Assembly Building across the street directly north of the
Capitol. The Governor of Virginia lives across the street directly east
of the Capitol in the Virginia Governor's Mansion.
The Virginia General Assembly is the
oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere. It previously met in
Jamestown, Virginia from 1619 until 1699, when it moved to Williamsburg,
Virginia and met in the colonial Capitol. The government was moved to
Richmond in 1780 during the administration of Governor Thomas Jefferson,
and the General Assembly has met there ever since.
This year the Virginia General Assembly
will meet from January 9, 2008 through March 8, 2008.
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Delegate R. Lee Ware
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Telephone: (804) 598-6696
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Delegate R. Lee Ware
Room 409 General Assembly Building, Richmond, 23218
Telephone: (804) 698-1065
Secretary: Barbara Monroe
Natural Resources (vice chairman)
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