State Senate Democrats elect Mamie Locke caucus chair

virginia general assemblyThe Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus elected Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) to serve as the next Caucus Chair in a vote on Thursday.

This special leadership election was called as a result of outgoing Caucus Chair Senator Donald McEachin’s (D-Henrico) election to represent Virginia’s newly redrawn 4th Congressional District.

Said Senate Democratic Leader Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), “We are certainly going to miss Donald, but we look forward to working with Mamie in this new capacity. She brings expertise and insight to the caucus mission and a strong voice when it comes to our stated goals of strengthening the economy, retooling our workforce, and leaving no Virginian behind.”

Said Senator Locke, “I am humbled by this opportunity to lead my colleagues as we plan for 2019 and as we reframe ourselves as a Caucus of the Future. We owe it to our constituents and to Democrats across Virginia to adopt a legislative agenda on day one that speaks to the needs of our base. We must be the voice of hope and change to the citizens of the Commonwealth if we are going to reach the goal of 21 seats. As a Caucus we are ‘stronger together’ and I look forward to leading us into the 2017 legislative session and beyond.”

Senator Rosalyn Dance (D-Petersburg) was elected to the role of Treasurer – the leadership position formerly held by Senator Locke.