SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP CONGRATULATE DELEGATES SPRUILL AND MASON ON THEIR ELECTION TO THE VIRGINIA SENATE

RICHMOND – Today, the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus gained two new members after victories in the two special elections that were on today’s ballot in Senate District 1 and Senate District 5. Delegate Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg) and Delegate Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) are scheduled to be sworn in later this month.

Said Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), “Tonight, the Senate Democratic Caucus welcomes two outstanding new members to its ranks.  Both Lionel Spruill and Monty Mason bring their experience, community support and knowledge of the legislative process to the Senate of VA.   We are fortunate to count them as the newly elected Senators and know they will work tirelessly for their new constituencies.”

Said Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), “We miss John every day – but we also know that there is no one he would have rather picked up the baton than Monty. So we are very pleased to gain a common sense, jobs-focused member of our Caucus who will live up to John’s reputation. We miss Kenny, too, of course – but we are very happy for him and his new role as mayor of Norfolk. His move has enabled us to gain Lionell in the Senate: a fierce advocate for civil rights who is not afraid to reach across the aisle in the interest of progress.”

BACKGROUND

The special election for Senate District 1 was triggered after Senator John Miller’s (D-Newport News) untimely passing in April of this year. The special election for Senate District 5 was called after Senator Kenny Alexander’s (D-Norfolk) election as mayor of Norfolk in May.

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