(Arlington Sun-Gazette) Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012 6:15 am | Updated: 6:15 am, Mon Jan 23, 2012.
Until speaking Saturday night with new House of Delegates member Alfonso Lopez, I was not aware he was the only freshman Democrat in the House of Delegates this session. All the other freshpersons – more than a dozen – are Republicans.
Good news for Lopez (D-49th): He drew seniority #2 among the freshman class, which meant he got among the better offices available to newbies. As Brian Trompeter and I will be down in Richmond on Wednesday, we’ll scope it out and report back.
The new delegate told me he’s been working hard to build inter-party bridges with Republicans in the House, and has been pleased at how nice Speaker William Howell (R-Fredericksburg) has been on a personal level.
It’s always interesting to see how well freshmen do with their legislative priorities. Given that Lopez occupies a niche of the political spectrum that’s mighty tiny in the GOP-dominated House of Delegates, his win-loss record for the session might not end up being impressive, but we’ll see how it goes. (Read the full Article)