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Virginia Senate Republicans Boot Chap Off of Courts of Justice Committee


(Interesting…Paul Goldman argues that Republicans actually HELPED Chap by purging him.   – promoted by lowkell)

Well, that didn’t take long for Virginia Senate Republicans to start abusing their newfound power, going for the power grab, acting in an arrogant/high-handed manner, etc. Kicking the superbly qualified Chap Petersen off the Courts of Justice Committee simply epitomizes what they’re doing here. I sure hope Virginia voters are paying attention!

Senate Republicans Remove Petersen from Courts of Justice Committee

RICHMOND, VA – Today, in a widely anticipated move, the Republican leadership of the Virginia Senate seized majority control of the chamber with the tie-breaking vote of Lt. Governor Bill Bolling.

In consolidating power, the Republicans removed Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) from the Courts of Justice committee, where he sat on the Civil Laws subcommittee. Senators are typically assigned to committees based on experience and interests.

Senator Petersen has practiced law for 18 years and is an equity partner in the firm of Surovell, Petersen, Isaacs & Levy, PLC. He was recently commended as one of the top 30 Virginia “Leaders of the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. He has served on the Courts of Justice committee since the 2010 legislative session.

“Obviously I would have liked to stay on the Courts of Justice committee, where my experience and legal analysis could be best utilized. I will continue my efforts to represent the people of Virginia in my other committee assignments.”

The Senate Courts committee is now composed of eight Republicans and seven Democrats.

Senator J. Chapman “Chap” Petersen (www.FairfaxSenator.com) represents Virginia’s 34th Senate district, located in Fairfax County. The district includes the City of Fairfax, the Town of Vienna, portions of Fairfax, Oakton, Dunn Loring, and portions of Centerville. Currently serving his second term in the Virginia Senate, Senator Petersen has previously served as Delegate and City Councilman for the City of Fairfax.

  • Tom

    I don’t seriously expect that the republicans will allow Colgan to remain as Finance Committee chair, even though his retention as chair might be privately supported by one or two republicans. But I am hoping that at least a couple of the Republican senators might be willing to openly support keeping Colgan on as a member of the committee.

    I think if there were an attempt to entirely remove Colgan from the Finance committee he has chaired for so long, some of his close republican friends in the Senate would revolt.

    So, has anyone heard anything yet about Colgan’s committee situation ?


  • kindler

    …who represents them on committees.  That’s the case in the US Congress.

    Man, Virginia is more backwards than I thought — and not moving in the right direction.