(The Center Square) — Kicking off the first day of Virginia’s 2024 legislative session, Gov. Glenn Youngkin gave the annual State of the Commonwealth address.
The governor touched on themes of bipartisanship, economic and educational growth, and improvements he sees vital to stemming the tide of Virginians leaving for other states.
After a disappointing general election for Republicans in which Democrats won control of the House and maintained control of the Senate, the governor strongly emphasized bipartisanship throughout this speech — starting with the first line.
“Today, we gather in our commonwealth’s Capitol, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Virginians,” Youngkin said after greeting key state officials present for the address.
The governor otherwise made a point to acknowledge other unique features of the 2024 session, including the unusually high number of new delegates and senators and the state’s first Black Speaker of the House, Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth. The Assembly welcomed 54