Now that Republicans have claimed a control of the Virginia Senate, they’ve set up their leadership structure.
State Senator Tommy Norment (R-James City) will stay in his previous post as the party’s Senate leader, only now he gets the new title of majority leader. There had been rumblings that the moderate Norment might be replaced with a more conservative colleague, but he’s stepping up instead of down.
The Republican caucus also announced that Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Hanover) will be caucus chairman and Sen. Stephen Newman(R-Bedford County) will serve as caucus vice chairman.
Note: No one very close to the Beltway is on the leadership team. You have to go as far as Fauquier and Frederick counties and District 27 Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel to find some northern Virginia representation. She’s one of three caucus whips. Previously, with the Democrats in charge, much of the leadership team was from inside the Beltway.