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Encyclopedia > Senate of Virginia
Historic Partisan Makeup of the Virginia State Senate
Historic Partisan Makeup of the Virginia State Senate

The Senate of Virginia is the upper house of the Virginia General Assembly. It is composed of 40 Senators and is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Prior to Independence, the other part of government was represented by the Governor's Council, a upper house made up of executive counselors appointed by the Governor as advisers. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For the demesne in The Keys to the Kingdom series, see The House An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the lower house. ... The Virginia General Assembly is the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a U.S. state. ... For the band, see Senate (band). ... The Lieutenant Governor is a constitutional officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Patrick Henry before the House of Burgesses in an 1851 painting by Peter F. Rothermel The Virginia House of Burgesses formed, the first legislative body in colonial America. ...


The lieutenant governor, unlike the Vice President of the United States in the United States Senate, presides daily over the Virginia Senate. In the lieutenant governor's absence, a president pro tempore presides, usually a powerful member of the majority party. The Senate is coequal with the House of Delegates, the lower chamber of the legislature, except that taxation bills must originate in the House, just like in the U.S. Congress. A Lieutenant Governor is a government official who is the subordinate or deputy of a Governor or Governor-General. ... The Vice President of the United States (sometimes referred to as VPOTUS[1] or Veep) is the first in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... A President Pro Tempore is a constitutionally recognized officer of the United States Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the President of the Senate. ... The Virginia House of Delegates is the lower house of the Virginia General Assembly. ... A legislatureis a type of representative deliberative assembly with the power to ratify laws. ... Congress in Joint Session. ...


Virginia senators are elected every four years by the voters of the several senatorial districts on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November. The last such election took place on 6 November 2007. is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


In the 2007 election, the Democratic Party reclaimed the majority in the Senate for the first time since 1999, when the Republican Party took control of the Senate for the first time in history. Following the 2007 election, the Senate will shift from a 23-17 Republican advantage to a 21-19 Democratic advantage. Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...

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Senate seal

The Senate has its own coat of arms designed and granted by the College of Arms in England.[1][2] The coat of arms also makes up the official seal of the Virginia Senate. It bears no resemblance to the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is the seal of the state as a whole. A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ... The entrance of the College of Arms. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

The seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The seal of the London Company.

The coat of arms adopted January 22, 1981 was designed by the College of Arms and supposedly based on the seal and coat of arms used by the London Company, the royally-chartered English entrepreneurs who funded the European settlement of Virginia. However, other than both devices displaying a quartered shield, there is little resemblance between them. Virginia state seal Source http://usa. ... Virginia state seal Source http://usa. ... Virginia Company of London Seal Source: http://www. ... Virginia Company of London Seal Source: http://www. ... Virginia Company of London Seal The London Company (also called the Charter of the Virginia Company of London) was an English joint stock company established by royal charter by James I on April 10, 1606 with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America. ...


The Senate's arms have a shield in the center which is divided into four sections by a red cross. In each quarter are smaller shields representing the arms of four countries (England, France, Scotland, and Ireland) that contributed settlers to Virginia's earliest waves of European immigration.[1][2]


The four coats of arms, a small crest of a crowned female head with unbound hair representing Queen Elizabeth (the Virgin Queen for whom Virginia was named), and the dragon (part of the Elizabethan royal seal of England) represent Virginia's European heritage.[1][2] The Senate's seal makes no reference to Virginia's Native American or African American heritage. The phrase Virgin Queen could refer to Elizabeth I of England, Queen of England from 1558 to 1603, she never married, thus was a virgin queen. ...


An ivory gavel emblazoned on the vertical arm of the red cross represents the Senate as a law making body. The cardinal and dogwood depicted are Virginia's official state bird and tree. The ribbon contains the Latin motto of the Senate, Floreat Senatus Virginiae, which means "May the Senate of Virginia flourish." [1][2]


Make-up of the Senate of Virginia

Affiliation Members
  Republican Party 19
  Democratic Party 21
 Total
40
 Government Majority
2

The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ...

Senate leadership

  • President Pro Tem: John Chichester
  • Majority Leader: Walter Stosch
  • Majority Floor Leader: Tommy Norment
  • Minority Leader: Dick Saslaw

John Chichester is one of the leading advocates for responsible government in the Virginia State Senate. ... Walter Stosch is a State Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Dick Saslaw is a Democratic Party politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. ...

Membership

Name Party and District First Election
  Marty Williams Republican Party (1) 1995
  Maime Locke Democratic Party (2) 2003
  Tommy Norment Republican Party (3) 1991
  Ryan McDougle Republican Party (4) 2006
  Yvonne B. Miller Democratic Party (5) 1987
  Nick Rerras Republican Party (6) 1999
  Frank Wagner Republican Party (7) 2001
  Ken Stolle Republican Party (8) 1991
  Ben Lampert Democratic Party (9) 1985
  John Watkins Republican Party (10) 1997
  Stephen Martin Republican Party (11) 1993
  Walter Stosch Republican Party (12) 1991
  Fred Quayle Republican Party (13) 1991
  Harry Blevins Republican Party (14) 2001
  Frank Ruff Republican Party (15) 2000
  Henry Marsh III Democratic Party (16) 1991
  Edd Houck Democratic Party (17) 1983
  Louise Lucas Democratic Party (18) 1991
  Charles Hawkins Republican Party (19) 1991
  Roscoe Reynolds Democratic Party (20) 1996
  John S. Edwards Democratic Party (21) 1995
  Brandon Bell II Republican Party (22) 1991
  Steve Newman Republican Party (23) 1995
  Emmett Hanger Republican Party (24) 1995
  Creigh Deeds Democratic Party (25) 2001
  Mark Obenshain Republican Party (26) 2003
  Russ Potts Republican Party (27) 1991
  John Chichester Republican Party (28) 1977
  Chuck Colgan Democratic Party (29) 1975
  Patsy Ticer Democratic Party (30) 1995
  Mary Margaret Whipple Democratic Party (31) 1995
  Janet Howell Democratic Party (32) 1991
  Mark Herring Democratic Party (33) 2006
  Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis Republican Party (34) 2003
  Richard L. Saslaw Democratic Party (35) 1980
  Toddy Puller Democratic Party (36) 2000
  Ken Cuccinelli Republican Party (37) 2001
  Phillip Puckett Democratic Party (38) 1998
  Jay O'Brien Republican Party (39) 2002
  William C. Wampler, Jr. Republican Party (40) 1988

The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Maime E. Locke is a Democratic member of the Virginia Senate, representing the 2nd District since 2004. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Yvonne B. Miller (born July 4, 1934 in Edenton, North Carolina) is an American politician and Democratic State Senator who represents the 5th Senatorial District of the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Frank Wagner is a Republican member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 7th District since 2002. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Walter Stosch is a State Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Frederick MacDonald Fred Quayle (born February 16, 1936 in Suffolk, Virginia) is an American politician and Republican State Senator who represents the 13th District in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Henry L. Marsh III is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 16th District since 1992. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... R. Edward Edd Houck is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 17th District since 1984. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... L. Louise Lucas is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 18th District since 1992. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... William Roscoe Reynolds is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 20th District since 1997. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Senator John S. Edwards (born 6 October 1943 (not to be confused with 2004 Vice-Presidential hopeful John Edwards) is an American politician from Virginia. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Creigh Deeds Robert Creigh Deeds (born January 4, 1958) is a Virginia lawyer and politician who serves in the Senate of Virginia and unsucessfully ran for Attorney General of Virginia in 2005 as a Democrat. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Mark Obenshain (born June 11, 1962) is a Republican member of the Virginia Senate from Harrisonburg. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... H. Russell Potts H. Russell Russ Potts Jr. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... John Chichester is one of the leading advocates for responsible government in the Virginia State Senate. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Charles J. Chuck Colgan (born in Frostburg, Maryland on September 25, 1926) is a longtime member of the Virginia State Senate. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Patsy Ticer is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 30th District since 1996. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Mary Margaret Whipple is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 31st District since 1996. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Janet Denison Howell is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 32nd District since 1991. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Mark R. Herring is a Democrat that represents the 33rd Senatorial District of Virginia. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis (born February 28, 1956 in Swindon, England) is a State Senator in the Commonwealth of Virginia (R-34) who represents (Fairfax City and a portion of Fairfax County including Vienna, Oakton, and part of Burke. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Richard Lawrence Dick Saslaw is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 35th District since 1980 and serving as the Minority Leader since 1998. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Toddy Puller is the widow of author Lewis Puller, and a member of the Virginia legislature. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Ken Cuccinelli is a Republican Party Senator from Virginia. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Phillip P. Puckett is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 38th District since 1998. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... James Kenneth Jay OBrien Jr. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c d Official Virginia State Senate "Capitol Classroom" site. Accessed November 7, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d Answers.Com: Virginia State Senate Seal Accessed November 7, 2007.

See also

Virginias 2007 state elections will be held on November 6, 2007. ... The Virginia House of Delegates is the lower house of the Virginia General Assembly. ...

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