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Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Thanks Del. Joseph Lindsey, Who Was Appointed to the Norfolk General District Court

"Joe made history in his post as Chair of the House Privileges and Elections Committee."


From the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus:

The VLBC Thanks Delegate Joseph C. Lindsey

Richmond, VA—The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) thanks Delegate Joe Lindsey (D-90th, Norfolk) for his leadership and significant contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia during his tenure in the Virginia General Assembly. Today, Delegate Lindsey was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Norfolk General District Court and will resign from the House of Delegates to take his oath within 30 days.

“It was my greatest professional honor to realize that the entire Hampton Roads delegation, Democrats and Republicans, Senators and Delegates, had privately determined that I was their recommended choice to fill the vacancy on the Norfolk General District Court,” said Delegate Lindsey. “Today I was thrilled beyond measure to find out that the judges of the Norfolk Circuit Court acted favorably upon that recommendation. It is my hope that I will be able to pull from my 16-year tenure as a former substitute judge to do the job well. I’ve enjoyed my years as a member of the House of Delegates and I’m grateful for the friends that I’ve made along the way. It has been an honor to serve the Commonwealth during my time in the General Assembly.”

Senator Lionell Spruill, Sr. (D-5th, Chesapeake) stated: “I first want to thank Joe for his experience and service in the General Assembly, as an attorney, and as a former substitute judge for almost 20 years. His demeanor will be great for the job and for the people of Norfolk. I was honored to put his name in and I was very pleased to write the letter on behalf of the delegation. All seven of us in the delegation voted for him. Joe will make an outstanding judge!” 

Since 2014, Delegate Lindsey has served in the Virginia House of Delegates and has championed and achieved historic and monumental changes that improve the lives of and break down barriers for future generations. 

“Joe is one of the most conscientious and nonjudgmental people that I’ve had the honor to work with, said Delegate Delores McQuinn (D-70th, Richmond). “He is integrity driven, principle driven, a quiet spirit, profound, and has a great deal of wisdom. Being a judge would fit his persona and character. With experience as an attorney, former substitute judge, and legislator Joe has a holistic understanding of how people’s lives are impacted by many of the decisions that we make. As an African American male, he has deep insight into how the system has not worked for everyone and he will carry that with him in his fair decision making and in listening to the arguments that come before him. I am going to miss Joe. No doubt about that.” 

“I could not be more excited for my longtime mentor and friend, Joe Lindsey, as he fills the Norfolk General District Court judicial vacancy,” said Delegate Alex Askew (D-85th, Virginia Beach). “Though we will certainly miss him in the General Assembly, Joe is someone who is more than qualified for this position, and I wish him nothing but the best on his new journey” 

“We thank Delegate Lindsey for his service and dedication to the General Assembly, his constituents, and to the Commonwealth,” said Chairman Lamont Bagby (D-74th, Henrico). “It has been my honor and a privilege to work alongside Joe to protect and expand civil rights and improve the lives of Virginians. Joe made history in his post as Chair of the House Privileges and Elections Committee. Under his leadership we significantly expanded access to the ballot box and led the nation in early voting. His legacy and the impact he made in the General Assembly are invaluable. I am very excited for Joe as he moves into another position of service. The members of the VLBC will deeply miss him.”


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