Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) tonight issued the following statement regarding the outcome of the 2019 elections for the Senate of Virginia:
“Today, the people of Virginia made their voices heard by voting in elections that were hard-fought and spirited. Obviously, tonight’s results were not what we wanted. But, we respect the judgment of the voters when we prevail and on those occasions when we do not.
“I am proud of the campaigns all of our Republican Senators and nominees conducted. They focused their efforts on issues, doing so in the face of a multi-million-dollar tsunami of campaign spending from California and New York. Although our Senators and nominees were vastly outspent, they never suffered a shortage of commitment, dedication, or heart.
“Senator Glen Sturtevant represented his constituents with vigor, distinction, and effectiveness. His fellow Republican Senators will miss him dearly and know he will continue to find ways to serve our commonwealth.
“I am excited to welcome Delegate Todd Pillion and Jen Kiggans to our caucus. Todd has already distinguished himself as an effective legislator and will now be a strong voice for Southwest in the Senate. Jen’s military background and experience as a healthcare professional will make her a valuable member of our caucus.
“With the results of tonight’s elections, Virginia has chosen a different direction. As has always been the case, we will work collaboratively with our colleagues across the aisle whenever consensus can be reached.
“With the Democrats achieving full control of state government for the first time in 26 years, it will be our duty to hold the majority to account. That is a role Senate Republicans have excelled at before, and one for which we are fully prepared now.”