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I am Senator Angelia Williams Graves (pronounced Angela) and I thank you for the privilege to serve as the Senator from Norfolk, representing the 21st Senatorial District in the Virginia Senate. In the Senate, I have been appointed to the following committees in the 2024 session:
- Local Government
- Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
- Rehabilitation and Social Services (ABC Subcommittee)
I also have the privilege of serving as the Secretary of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC).
The 2024 regular Virginia General Assembly session begins at noon daily. You can watch sessions and committees here. This year’s session is “the long session”, lasting 60 days, and includes the crafting and passing of the biennial budget. The legislative agendas, and calendars, for both the Senate and the House of Delegates are available to view here. You can follow bills as they make their way through the legislature here. If you would like to speak remotely or offer testimony in a Senate committee meeting when a specific bill comes up, you can sign up here. Please be mindful that the policy for public input in the Senate is subject to the discretion of the Committee Chairperson. Depending on the number of citizens signed up to speak and the time constraints of the meeting, public comment maybe limited.
If you are a little rusty on the legislative process, How a Bill Becomes a Law is a great refresher. If you have the opportunity, please come up for a day, see our new General Assembly offices, tour the capitol, or sit in on a floor session. This is a historic session you don't want to miss.
Currently, the 21st Senatorial District covers about 95% of the City of Norfolk. It is an honor and privilege to serve those who reside, own businesses and have houses of worship within the City of Norfolk. This is not work I can do alone. As your Norfolk Senator, together, we can make our city inclusive for everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation or background.
On Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 12noon, 140 members of the Virginia General Assembly were officially sworn into office; 40 members of the Senate of Virginia and 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates. This session includes freshman classes of both chambers who are the most diverse group of individuals to ever serve in the legislature and it includes the first Black Speaker of the House in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly is a reflection of Virginia. We are a reflection of you! Having served as a member of Norfolk City Council for 10 years, then as a member of the House of Delegates for three years and now as a member of the incoming 2024 freshman class of the Senate, I am excited about this session. We have a lot of work to do and as your Norfolk Senator, I am up for the task. Together we can ensure that residents of the 21st Senate District and the Commonwealth of Virginia are given a high-quality public education with lifelong learning opportunities; the ability to start, grow, or relocate their business; reside in safe communities along with their families; earn a living wage and participate in an economy where everyone can succeed; protect our environment; and that the constitutional rights of everyone are expanded and protected.
With a Democratic majority in both the Senate and the House, we are poised to enact legislation that embodies the values of all Virginians. It won’t be easy and we may not always agree on every issue. However, I can promise you that every decision I make will be with the needs of the diverse population of the 21st Senatorial District and the Commonwealth of Virginia in mind.
Virginia Senate Democratic Majority
Finally, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me over the last 14 years that I have been in elected public service. I could not have done this without your support, votes, donations, and prayers. I do not take it lightly that I am your Senator. THANK YOU for the opportunity to serve you and to represent the city I love so much! See you around the Capitol! I look forward to doing good work on your behalf.
Yours in service,
Senator Angelia Williams Graves
Senate District 21
Are you a constituent who needs help or assistance? Visit the Constituent Services page for more information on how my office team can assist you. If you still need assistance, please contact us. We are here to help you.
I hope that you will stay connected and not only provide input during this session but all year long. Make sure you sign up for our e-news updates so you can stay updated about what’s going on in Richmond and in the district.
A Voice for the Citizens of Norfolk...
Born and raised here in Norfolk, Angelia (pronounced Angela) knows what this city is capable of when it’s thriving: It gave her a high quality education at St. Mary's Academy, Booker T Washington High School, Tidewater Community College, an Old Dominion University. It’s where she and her husband, Tommy, were able to build and grow their small businesses and give back to their community.
But Angelia also knows our city faces real problems. Too many Virginians are working hard but still can’t make ends meet. Too many of our children are falling behind in classrooms and teachers left without support. Too many families don’t feel safe in their own community, and youth are falling victim to gun violence.
Angelia is prepared to do what she has always done: provide long term solutions to the issues that impact us most.
"I have been your councilwoman. I have been your Delegate. It is my honor to be your Senator!" ~Angelia