The Virginia General Assembly
There are 100 districts in the Virginia House of Delegates, which, with the Senate of Virginia, constitute the General Assembly. The Regular Session of the General Assembly opens annually on the second Wednesday of January and concludes in 60 days during even numbered years and in 45 days in odd numbered years - to be followed six weeks later by a re-convened or veto over-ride session usually lasting a day to accept or reject the actions of the Governor.
Study committees meet occasionally between Sessions but do not act on legislation. Study committees approved during Session meet throughout the year to conduct hearings and prepare legislation and budget initiatives for the following Session.
Information on current studies may be found on the Legislative Information System website at:
Members of the House of Delegates serve two-year terms, being elected in fall elections in odd-numbered years. Delegate Van Landingham was first elected in 1981, and began her service in January 1982. Members of the Senate of Virginia serve four-year terms and are also elected in the fall of odd-numbered years.
In the House of Delegates, the Speaker of the House makes appointments to standing committees and study committees, and the committee chair is the senior committee member of the majority party. At the current time, there are 61 Republicans, 37 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with the Republicans.