While Loudoun’s General Assembly delegation lost some of its senior members during November’s election, the county’s representatives will still have influence in key committees during the session that opened Wednesday.
Del. John Bell (D-87) was assigned a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, one of 10 Democrats named to the 22-member panel as leaders work to rebalance the partisan division of their operations in the wake of a 2017 election that saw Democrats gain 15 seats, falling just short of regaining a majority. Loudoun previously had been represented on the committee by Del. Tag Greason (R-32), who was defeated in November. Greason also worked as a budget conferee.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to have received this prestigious appointment,” Bell said in a statement. “As a former finance officer in the Air Force, I’m looking forward to bringing my 30-plus years of budget expertise to the Virginia House of Delegates. Thank you to my constituents for the opportunity to represent them, and to Speaker Kirk Cox and Delegate Chris Jones for this incredible opportunity.”
Loudoun will have three representatives on the important Committee on County, Cities and Towns. Bell, Del. David A. Reid (D-32), who unseated Greason, and Del. Jennifer Boysko (D-86) were appointed to that panel.
The county also has three representatives on the Transportation Committee. Del. Dave LaRock (R-33), now the senior member of Loudoun’s House delegation and its only Republican will continue his service on the committee along with Reid and Kathleen Murphy (D-34).
LaRock and Boysko will serve on the Education Committee. And LaRock and Wendy Gooditis (D-10), who unseated Randy Minchew, will serve on the Science and Technology Committee.
Loudoun also will be represented on the Committee on Militias, Police and Public Safety (Bell), General Laws (Murphy), Agriculture (Gooditis), and Privileges and Elections (Boyso).