RICHMOND — In response to news coverage of her votes to certify a Court of Appeals Judge and Supreme Court Justice earlier today, Sen. Louise Lucas (D - Portsmouth) made the following statement.

Said Sen. Lucas, “I have spoken with Judge Melvin, and he said he is ‘perfectly satisfied’ as a circuit court judge in the City of Portsmouth. I am proud to have served for many years with my fellow Democratic senators, and it is in light of my great respect for them — and for the governor, whom I have known for twenty years — that I will be supporting Justice Roush on the floor of the Senate.”

Added Caucus Chair Sen. Donald McEachin (D - Henrico), “Sen. Louise Lucas is a crucial part of our caucus. As the once and future chair of the Education and Health committee, she is a powerful voice for the voiceless. As our former treasurer, she is a valuable leader within our ranks. As a longtime senator, she remains one of the most dedicated public servants I have ever met. I know my Democratic colleagues are glad and grateful every day, as I am, that she has chosen to serve the people of her district here in the Senate.

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