The Virginia General Assembly will convene at noon Wednesday for its 2013 session.
In odd-numbered years, the General Assembly meets for 30 days, with the option to extend the session for a maximum of another 30 days.
The General Assembly consists of the House of Delegates with 100 members and the Senate with 40 members. The 140 elected representatives are from an equal number of constituent districts across the commonwealth.
Fredericksburg's representatives are:
Virginia Senate 2013
Senator Bryce E. Reeves
Member since 2012
District 17: Albemarle County (Part); Culpeper County (Part); Fredericksburg City (All); Louisa County (Part); Orange County (All); Spotsylvania County (Part)
Virginia House of Delegates 2013
Delegate Mark L. Cole
Member Since 2002
District 88: Counties of Fauquier (part), Spotsylvania (part), and Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Delegate William J. Howell
Preferred Name: Bill
Member Since 1988; Speaker of the House 2003 -
District 28: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
The House of Delegates is presided over by the Speaker of the House.
The Senate is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, currently Bill Bolling.
The Republican Party currently holds the majority in the House of Delegates, and exactly 50 percent of the Senate. The breaking of tie votes falls to the Lieutenant Governor.
Virginia's General Assembly is the oldest legislative body in the Western hemisphere, founded July 30, 1619, in Jamestown as the House of Burgesses.