VLBC members to hold 7 committee chairmanships
12/20/2019, 6 a.m.
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus will hold an un- precedented 10 committee leadership posts in the House of Delegates when the new General Assembly session convenes in January.
Incoming Democratic Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn named seven VLBC members as committee chairs and three others as commit- tee vice chairs in wrapping up the appointments on Dec. 12.
The result is that members of the VLBC will fill half of the 14 chairmanships and nearly one-quarter of the 14 vice chair positions.
Overall, the VLBC will have 19 House members, or one- third of the 55 members of the Democratic members in the 100-member chamber, and will hold about one-third of the top committee leadership posts. That influence could increase when chairs of subcommittees are named.
“We did very well,” said Henrico Delegate Lamont Bagby, chairman of the VLBC. “Now it’s time to get to work.”
VLBC members who will hold House committee chairmanships:
• Prince William County Delegate Luke E. Torian, Appropriations;
• Hampton Delegate Jeion A. Ward, Commerce and Labor;
• Alexandria Delegate Charniele L. Herring, also the incoming House majority leader, Courts of Justice.
• Greensville County Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler, Education;
• Norfolk Delegate Joseph C. “Joe” Lindsey, Privileges and Elections;
• Chesapeake Delegate C.E. “Cliff” Hayes Jr., Science and Technology; and
• Richmond Delegate Delores L. McQuinn, Transportation.
The three caucus members named committee vice chairs are: Richmond Delegate Jeff M. Bourne, Militia, Police and Public Safety; Roanoke Delegate Sam Rasoul, Health, Welfare and Institutions; and Prince William County Delegate Hala S. Ayala, Science and Technology.
Richmond also benefited by having three members of its delegation named to House leadership posts. In addition to Delegate McQuinn and Delegate Bourne, Richmond Delegate Betsy B. Carr will be vice chair of the General Laws Committee.