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Virginia General Assembly

NameVirginia General Assembly
Coa PicSeal of Virginia.svg
Session RoomRichmond Virginia Capitol.jpg
House TypeBicameral
House of Delegates
Leader1 TypePresident Pro Tem of the Senate
Leader1Charles J. Colgan
Election1January 9, 2008
Leader2 TypeSpeaker of the House
Leader2William J. Howell
Election2January 8, 2003
Political Groups1Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last Election1November 3, 2009
Meeting PlaceVirginia State Capitol, Richmond

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The Virginia General Assembly is the legislative body of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1619. The General Assembly is a bicameral body consisting of a lower house, the Virginia House of Delegates, with 100 members, and an upper house, the Senate of Virginia, with 40 members. Combined together, the General Assembly consists of 140 elected representatives from an equal amount of constituent districts across the commonwealth. The House of Delegates is presided over by a Speaker of the House, while the Senate is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. The House and Senate each elect a clerk and sergeant-at-arms. Unlike the United States Senate, the Senate of Virginia's clerk is known as the "Clerk of the Senate", instead of the title "Secretary of the Senate" used in the federal Senate.

As of January 13, 2009, the majority party in the House of Delegates is the Republican Party. The majority party in the Senate is the Democratic Party.

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