Lots of new faces will fill these seats Wednesday as the General Assembly kicks off a new session. (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT/AP) -
The 2018 General Assembly session kicked off in Richmond on Wednesday with numerous new faces after November's election.
Democrats picked up 15 seats in November, narrowing the gap to 51-49. That slight edge to Republicans came on Wednesday after Democrat Shelly Simonds conceded to Republican David Yancey in the 94th House District.
Republican Delegate Kirk Cox was elected as Speaker of the House.
Lawmakers will be tasked with passing the state budget and will also debate a host of other issues. Hundreds of bills have already been filed, covering issues including taxes, transportation, education and criminal justice reform.