Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Latest E-News from Delegate Keam: Regular Session is Over


 

Dear Friend,

Last night, I drove home from Richmond after casting votes on what may be two of the most significant legislation coming out of the 2011 session of the Virginia General Assembly.  The House and Senate unanimously adopted the conference report on amendments to the biennial budget and also passed Governor McDonnell's transportation bill on a bipartisan vote.

You can read about both of these measures here as well as my explanation for why I supported them. 

Now, you may be wondering why I was in Richmond last night when it was a Sunday.  Well, that's because the General Assembly missed our deadline by one day to conclude our business!  Under the rules we adopted on the first day, the legislature was supposed to adjourn sine die on Saturday, February 26.  Since the budget conference did not strike a deal until 2 am on Sunday morning, we extended the session by 24 hours.

Richmond

Last night was interesting not only because it was a rare Sunday night in the House Chamber, but also because we adjourned the regular 2011 session only to gavel back into a special session within seconds of adjourning, to begin the redistricting process.  Redistricting Committees will meet between now and Monday, April 4, when the entire General Assembly will return to Richmond to begin deliberating on whatever legislation is ready to be considered on the floor.

As I mentioned in my last email, I have no control over the redistricting process as I do not serve on the committee that will consider the issue, nor do I have much influence as a member of the minority party in the House.

Because I am uncertain of what my House district will look like, I have decided to hold off on making any decisions about my political future until after the lines are drawn.  There is a likelihood that redistricting may result in two or more incumbent Delegates having to face off in a Democratic primary election.

I have been honored and privileged to hold this office over the past year and I would like to continue to serve in the House of Delegates.  Yet, this is one of those moments where my decision will be influenced by many factors beyond my control.  Therefore, over the next few weeks, I will be discussing the options with my family and supporters and will announce my plans for reelection in April.

Family voting

In the meantime, you can be sure that I will continue to work hard to represent the good folks in the 35th District as your state representative in both the legislative policy and constituent service roles.  While I return to my "day job" tomorrow after being on unpaid leave of absence for the past two months, my office in Vienna will be fully staffed and we will continue to handle every need of our constituents.

We are also working to update our website which will soon feature more campaign-related information as well as upcoming events and meetings where I will be attending.  I hope you will check it often for latest news and information about your state government as well as follow the political life of elected officials like me as we enter the campaign season.

Thank you as always for your interest in our work.  I am humbled and honored to serve you, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Mark Keam 

Mark L. Keam

 P.S.  I will be providing an update on this legislative session tomorrow night at the Springfield District Democratic Committee meeting and on Wednesday lunch at the Vienna Rotary Club.  If you would like for me to provide an update to your organization or group of constituents, please contact my office at any time!

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