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Now that Democrats have taken control of the House, Democrats in Virginia’s congressional delegation are about to take on a new and more significant role in the next Congress.

National Archives

1992 and 2018 have both been deemed The Year of the Woman, but what about the year 1968?

That was the year Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American woman to be elected into the U.S. Congress. Her election still ignites the political hopes of some Virginian legislators.

You might think of Congressional districts as fixed regions in their states, but they actually shift and change over time. In some cases, it’s due to redistricting, or its more partisan version ‘gerrymandering.’

Congressional districts also shift because of the party affiliations of the people who move in and out of them.  A new interactive congressional map recently went 'live', where you can see those shifts over time, all the way back to the very first congress and all the way down to your home district.  

Constituent Communication or Incumbent Protection?

Oct 30, 2018
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Government watchdog groups say some lawmakers are using taxpayer dollars to boost their own reelection campaigns. But many Virginia lawmakers say they’re merely communicating with their constituents back home.

Virginia Delegation Mail and Communications Spending Totals

Oct 30, 2018

Virginia delegation mail and communications spending totals for the 115th Congress (2017-June 30, 2018)