January 9, 2008
Democrats now hold the power in the state senate.
Legislators say they expect the dynamic to be different this year.
Both Republicans and Democrats say this change will lead to more bipartisanship and more cooperation between the Republican controlled house and the senate.
Local State Senator, Creigh Deeds, says the change of face is a good thing.
"Last year there were eleven white men as chairman of the senate committees. This year there will be seven women chairing those committees; three of those women are African American and there will be an African American man chairing a committee. There will be also be three white men chairing committees so the face of the senate will change and look a lot more like Virginia, and that's a good thing," said Deeds.
Deeds also said the new change in power will give Governor Kaine ready allies in the senate.
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