The Virginia General Assembly convened at noon today for its 2013 session.
In odd-numbered years, the General Assembly meets for 30 days, with the option to extend the session for a maximum of another 30 days.
The General Assembly consists of the House of Delegates with 100 members and the Senate with 40 members. The 140 elected representatives are from an equal number of constituent districts across the commonwealth.
Herndon's representatives are:
Virginia Senate 2013
Senator Mark Herring
Member Since 2006 - Democrat
District 33, including the Town of Herndon
Alternate Email: District33@senate.virginia.gov
Phone during session: 804-698-7533
Phone not in session: 703-729-3300
Senator Janet Howell
Member Since 1992 - Democrat
District 32, including Reston and some outlying portions of Herndon
Alternate Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone (during session): 804-698-7532
Phone (not in session): 703-709-8283
Virginia House of Delegates 2013
Delegate Tom Rust
Member Since 2002 - Republican
District 86, including the town of Herndon and areas south
Alternate Email: DelTRust@house.virginia.gov
Phone (during session):804-698-1086
Phone (not in session): 703-437-9400
Delegate Ken Plum
Member Since 1982 - Democrat
District 36, including Reston and some outlying portions of Herndon
Alternate Email: DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov
Phone (during session): 804-698-1036
Phone (not in session): 703-758-9733
The House of Delegates is presided over by the Speaker of the House.
The Senate is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, currently Bill Bolling.
The Republican Party currently holds the majority in the House of Delegates, and exactly 50 percent of the Senate. The breaking of tie votes falls to the Lieutenant Governor.
Virginia's General Assembly is the oldest legislative body in the Western hemisphere, founded July 30, 1619, in Jamestown as the House of Burgesses.