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About the Senate of Virginia

The Senate of Virginia has 40 members. It is the companion to the House of Delegates which has 100 members.  

The two bodies form a bicameral legislature which is derived from the original Virginia House of Burgesses formed in 1619. We are the oldest democracy in the New World.

The Senate sits in session in the State Capitol for 60 days during a biennial budget (even) year and 45 days during an “off” (odd) year. The 2024 session convenes on Wednesday, January 10 and is scheduled to adjourn on Saturday, March 9, 2024.  It can also be called into special session by the Governor. Members of the Virginia Senate also serve on standing committees and legislative subcommittees which meet throughout the year.  The 11 standing committees are:  Agriculture, Conservation and Natural ResourcesCommerce and LaborEducation and HealthFinance and AppropriationsGeneral Laws and TechnologyJudiciaryLocal, GovernmentPrivileges and ElectionsRehabilitation and Social ServicesRules, and Transportation.  You can watch Senate committee meetings via live stream here.

Serving in the State Senate pays $18,000 a year in salary and provides the opportunity for members to participate in the state's health insurance plan. Members of the Virginia General Assembly are considered part-time legislators, therefore, many members hold full-time employment outside their legislative work.

I am Senator Angelia Williams Graves (pronounced Angela) and I am so proud to represent the 21st Senatorial District in the Virginia Senate in the General Assembly.  The 21st district consists of the entire City of Norfolk with the exception of citizens who vote in five precincts:  Third Presbyterian, Tarralton, Little Creek and East Ocean View.  As a woman who was born and raised in Norfolk, it is my honor to be your Senator and represent my hometown in the Virginia Senate.

The 2024 session of the Virginia General Assembly opens on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.  That is also the day members will officially be sworn in.  I am honored to be in the 2024 Freshman class of Senators who make up the democratic majority in the Virginia Senate.  Together we will fight to preserve the progress that has been made by those who have come before us and work together to ensure that Virginia is fair, equitable, welcoming and a great place to live, play, work, raise a family, start a business and worship.

I ask you to follow the 2024 session by watching our session live or in replay and by signing up for public comment on bills and legislation that interests you.  We cannot so this job alone; I cannot do this job alone.  I need your help, input and support.  Please contact my office with any issues and/or concerns you may have on our Constituent Services page.  Me and my office team are here to help you.

I'm excited about this session.  I'm excited to represent the citizens, businesses and houses of faith in the 21st District.  I look forward to doing good work on your behalf.

Yours in Service,


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