RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia lawmakers have returned to the State Capitol for the 2011 session of the General Assembly. Both the House of Delegates and the State Senate convened at noon Wednesday, with two new members from western Virginia taking their seats.
Senator Bill Stanley was sworn in at 11am in the Senate Chamber, while a small group of family and friends looked on. Delegate Greg Habeeb took his oath of office at the start of the House session.
After a full day campaigning and a night of celebration on Tuesday, Bill Stanley packed his bags and made a midnight run to Richmond, where he received more congratulations Wednesday morning.
It was a similar story for Greg Habeeb. Running on little sleep he checked out his new office in the General Assembly Building. Both men said they are ready to get to work for their constitutents.
Their campaigns are over, but now the work begins with a 46-day session that promises plenty of drama. Major issues include the continuing budget challenge, ABC privatization, funding for transportation improvements and the Governor's proposal that would require state employees to contribute to their retirement benefits.