Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

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The Virginia Senate Republican Caucus is the legislative and political arm of Republicans serving in the Senate of Virginia. 

The Senate of Virginia is the upper house of the Virginia General Assembly consisting of forty members who represent single-member districts.  It was created through the Virginia Constitution ratified in 1776.  Prior to that time, the upper house of the General Assembly was known as the Governor’s Council and consisted of individuals appointed by the Governor of Virginia.  Senators serve four-year terms and all stand for election at the same time.  The next regular election for Senators will be in 2015. 

In 1996, Republicans reached parity when they took control of half of the Senate seats for the first time.  That was followed by Republicans taking an outright majority in 1998 which they held until 2008.  In 2011, Republicans regained parity with 20 seats and gained a working majoirty based on the Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.  The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is 21 Republicans and 19 Democrats.

PARTISAN BREAKDOWN FOR THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA

YEARS

DEMOCRATS

REPUBLICANS

1982-1986

31

9

1987-1991

30

10

1992-1995

22

18

1996-1997

20

20

1998-2000

19

21

2001-2002

18

22

2003

17

23

2004-2005

16

24

2006-2007

17

23

2008-2009

21

19

2010

22

18

2012

20

20

2014-2016

19 21

 

Since 1976, the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus has been led by the Senate Republican Leader who serves as the Majority or Minority Leader of the Senate depending on partisan control.  When Republicans hold a majority, the Senate President Pro Tempore is also a Republican. 

SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADERS

SENATOR

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YEARS

William Andonia Truban

Shenandoah

1976-1992

Joseph Benedict Benedetti

Richmond City

1992-1998

Walter Allen Stosch

Henrico

1998-2008

Thomas Kent Norment, Jr.

James City

2008-present

 

 

 

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE

SENATOR

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YEARS

John Hansford Chichester

Stafford

2000-2008

Walter Allen Stosch

Henrico

2012-2015

Steve Newman Forest 2016-

 

When the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia is a Republican, he or she also serves as an ex-officio member of the Caucus.

REPUBLICAN LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS OF VIRGINIA

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

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YEARS

John Nichols Dalton

Radford

1974-1978

John Henry Hager

Richmond City

1998-2002

William Troy Bolling

Hanover

2006-2014