General Assembly Convenes

General Assembly Convenes

The 2024 session of the Virginia General Assembly began on Jan. 10. Here, photographer Glenda Booth of Mount Vernon gives a snapshot of the day, mostly in the Virginia Senate, state Capitol, Richmond. 

The General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January, for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option to extend annual sessions for a maximum of 30 days. The Senate of Virginia and the Virginia House of Delegates, both bodies of the Virginia Legislature, meet in the historic, working Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia. Representatives will consider thousands of pieces of proposed legislation during the session.

Virginia's legislators have offices in a newly remodeled building.  General George Washington is still prominent in Capitol Square.


All the state legislators, including these senators, were sworn in and signed an oath of office.

Alexandria Delegate and House of Delegates Majority Leader Charniele Herring came to the Senate and announced that the House of Delegates had officially organized and was ready to begin work.


Senator Scott Surovell, elected by his colleagues to be the Senator Majority Leader, was sworn in. Surovell represents Mount Vernon in Senate District 34.

Lt. Governor Winsome Sears is the presiding officer of the Senate.