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  • Benjamin Franklin Buchanan (1857 - 1932)
    Benjamin Franklin Buchanan (October 4, 1857 – February 21, 1932) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1918 to 1922. Early life and educa...
  • Henry E. Coleman, of Woodlawn (1768 - 1837)
    Married Ann Gordon June 13, 1795 Henry was Colonel of Militia, a State Legislator, and Juror in the trial of Aaron Burr, a former Vice President of the United States. Henry's plantation, "Woodlaw...
  • Mark Alexander (1792 - 1883)
    Mark Alexander, lawyer, gentleman farmer, and politician, was born at the family home, Salem, Mecklenburg County, Va., the son of Mark and Lucy Bugg Alexander. His ancestors, Scotch-Irish Presbyteria...
  • Charles S. Lewis (1821 - 1878)
    Charles Swearinger Lewis (February 26, 1821 – January 22, 1878) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia. Biography Born in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), Lewis attended local schools a...
  • William Brent, Jr. (1783 - 1848)
    . William Brent Jr. (January 13, 1783 – May 13, 1848) was an American lawyer, political figure and diplomat from Virginia. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Brent served in the Virginia ...

The Virginia General Assembly is the legislative body of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World, established on July 30, 1619. The General Assembly is a bicameral body consisting of a lower house, the Virginia House of Delegates, with 100 members, and an upper house, the Senate of Virginia, with 40 members. Combined together, the General Assembly consists of 140 elected representatives from an equal number of constituent districts across the commonwealth. The House of Delegates is presided over by a Speaker of the House, while the Senate is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. The House and Senate each elect a clerk and sergeant-at-arms. The Senate of Virginia's clerk is known as the "Clerk of the Senate" (instead of as the "Secretary of the Senate," the title used in the federal Senate).

The Republican Party currently holds the majority in both the House of Delegates and the Senate.

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