Virginia House Republicans, which will now be the minority caucus in the chamber, have chosen their leadership for 2020.
Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, who is currently the House majority leader, will take on the roll of House minority leader for his party. Del. Kathy Byron will serve as the House Republican Caucus chair, the first woman elected to that post, and Del. Jay Leftwich will serve as the Republican whip.
“I am honored to serve with and lead a united Republican caucus as we look toward the 2020 General Assembly session and beyond,” Gilbert said in a statement. “House Republicans will work with our Democratic colleagues where we can and serve as a contrast when we must. The General Assembly has a long history of civility and respect between the majority and minority parties and I look forward to the continuation of that practice.”
Byron also emphasized bipartisanship in a statement.
“I appreciate my colleagues support as Caucus Chair and look forward to serving the Republican caucus,” Byron said. “I also look forward to working with my Democratic colleagues as we work to improve the lives of all Virginians. The House of Delegates is a historic institution that has consistently taken a different approach to governing than Washington D.C. We disagree often, but rarely are we disagreeable. I look forward to continuing to uphold the longstanding traditions of civility and decorum in the General Assembly.”
Republicans lost the majority in both the House and the Senate in November’s election. Democrats have selected their leaders, who have emphasized their intent to act on gun control measures, increasing teacher salaries and enhancing environmental protections.