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Today Governor Terry McAuliffe issued the writ of the Special Election to replace Congressman-Elect Donald McEachin in the 9th State Senate District. The date of the Special Election has been set for January 10th. We are waiting to learn the process for the Democratic nomination. Stay tuned for details.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat A. Donald McEachin has resigned his state senate seat as he prepares to become a U.S. congressman.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( McEachin resigned Monday. The Richmond-area Democrat easily won election to Congress earlier this month in a newly drawn, court-ordered congressional district.


Del. Jennifer L. McClellan’s path to becoming the Democratic nominee for a Richmond-area state Senate seat became clearer over the past week as a potential rival, Del. Lamont Bagby, announced he will not seek the office.

Bagby, D-Henrico, said in a Facebook post last week that he will not run for the 9th District seat being vacated by Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, who is heading to Washington as the newly elected representative of the redrawn 4th Congressional District.


Like many of you, I was devastated by the results of Tuesday's Presidential election.  I share the anxiety I've heard from so many people about how divided the country is and how we move forward.  But Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine reminded us that while we did not achieve the result we wanted, we still have work to do to advance the causes and values we cherish.  

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We are now in the final week of the 2017 Session. We still have quite a bit of work to do, as a number of bills, including the budget, are in conference committees to work out differences between the House and Senate versions. Last week the Senate passed a number of controversial bills.

Last week the House and Senate adopted amendments to the 2016-2018 budget to address a projected $279.3 million revenue shortfall. The Senate budget reflects its top priorities of supporting mental health programs, avoiding spending cuts for public education and safety net programs, and providing an overdue pay raise for all state employees and teachers.  Specifically, the Senate budget proposes a 3 percent raise for state classified employees, a 2 percent raise for college and university faculty, the state share of a 2 percent raise for public school teachers, and a 2 percent raise for state-supported local employees.  Instead of providing a raise for teachers, the House budget increases funding for school divisions, which may use the money for raises or for other priorities. 


Last week, the General Assembly reached "Crossover," the mid-point of Session when the House and Senate must complete work on their own bills. Many of the bills my constituents have written or called me about were addressed prior to crossover and summarized in prior updates. Here is an overview of other bills acted upon last week.