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Report: Lawmakers block gay activist from Va. judge seat


RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — The vote over Tracy Thorne-Begland’s nomination as judge to the Richmond General District Courts ran late into Tuesday morning. At 1:13 a.m. , Del. Jennifer McClellan (D – Richmond) announced lawmakers voted down Begland’s nomination 33-31 with 10 abstentions. He needed 51 votes.

Del. Bob Marshall (R -Manassas) wanted Thorne-Begland, who is openly gay, removed from consideration because of the prosecutor’s past involvement with the gay rights movement, most notably his network interview about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

How did your local representatives vote? Click the link below to find out. 

Voting roll call from the House of Delegates

Contact your local representative: 

Johnny Joannou (D) 79th District, including parts of Norfolk and Portsmouth

Chris Jones (R) 76th District, including parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk

Roslyn Tyler (D) 75th District, including parts of Greensville, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Emporia and Franklin

Richard Morris (R) 64th District, including parts of Isle of Wight Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Franklin and Suffolk

Harry Purkey (R) 82nd District, part of Virginia Beach

Robert Tata (R) 85th District, part of Virginia Beach

David Yancey (R) 94th District, part of Newport News

Here is a list of all House of Delegates members, with contact information:

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