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Seniority



Seniority shall be based upon longest continuous service in the Senate. However, if a Senator has previous interrupted service in the Senate, then the beginning date of such previous Senate service shall qualify the Senator for seniority before those Senators elected at the same time not having previous service in the Senate, and if a Senator has previous service in the House of Delegates then the beginning date of such House service shall qualify the Senator to seniority before those Senators elected to the Senate at the same time not having previous service in the House of Delegates.

Senators elected at the same time without previous service in the Senate or House of Delegates shall have their seniority determined by a public drawing of lots, conducted by the Clerk of the Senate, to which all Senators involved shall be invited to attend.

SeniorityMember NamePartySenateHouse
 ** Vacant **,    
1Colgan, Charles J.D1976- 
2Saslaw, Richard L.D1980-1976-1980
3Stosch, Walter A.R1992-1983-1992
4Howell, Janet D.D1992- 
5Lucas, L. LouiseD1992- 
6Norment, Thomas K., Jr.R1992- 
7Martin, Stephen H.R1994-1988-1994
8Hanger, Emmett W., Jr.R1996-1983-1992
9Newman, Stephen D.R1996-1991-1996
10Edwards, John S.D1996- 
11Watkins, John C.R1998-1982-1998
12Puller, Linda T.D2000-1992-2000
13Ruff, Frank M., Jr.R2000-1994-2000
14Wagner, Frank W.R2001-1992-2001
15Deeds, R. CreighD2001-1992-2001
16Obenshain, Mark D.R2004- 
17Locke, Mamie E.D2004- 
18McDougle, Ryan T.R2006-2002-2006
19McEachin, A. DonaldD2008 -1996-2002; 2006-2008
20Petersen, J. ChapmanD2008-2002-2006
21Smith, Ralph K.R2008- 
22Barker, George L.D2008- 
23Vogel, Jill HoltzmanR2008- 
24Stuart, Richard H.R2008- 
25Miller, John C.D2008- 
26Marsden, David W.D2010-2006-2010
27McWaters, Jeffrey L.R2010- 
28Stanley, William M., Jr.R2011- 
29Black, Richard H.R2012-1998-2006
30Carrico, Charles W., Sr.R2012-2002-2012
31Ebbin, Adam P.D2012-2004-2012
32Reeves, Bryce E.R2012- 
33Garrett, Thomas A., Jr.R2012- 
34Favola, Barbara A.D2012- 
35Alexander, Kenneth C. D2012-2002-2012
36Cosgrove, John A. , Jr.R  
37Wexton, Jennifer T. D  
38Lewis, Lynwood W. , Jr.D  
39Chafin, Jr., A. Benton R2014-2014-2014