Virginia state senator reacts to changing power in state legislature
For the first time in decades, democrats control both houses of the General Assembly, along with the governor's office. None of the seats flipped in the state were in the valley, but there could still be impacts here.
Virginia state senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) said the results from Tuesday's election were not what they wanted to see.
"Yesterday was not quite what we were hoping for," Obenshain said. "But, I'm going to go to Richmond and continue to fight for the principals and values that voters of the Shenandoah Valley have sent me down there to fight for."
Throughout the state, democrats won seats previously held by republicans. Obenshain said with democrats in control, they will have more success on some issues.
"The reason we have two different parties is that we disagree about those things and we're going to continue to disagree about them," Obenshain said. "But they have the upper hand on some of those issues, and they're going to enjoy a measure of success."
Obenshain said one change in the General Assembly will be with the committees and it will be a drastic change.
"Democrats will be establishing the committee structure will be assigning committee chairs and we're just going to have to live with those consequences," Obenshain said.
Both Obenshain and majority leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) said Virginians can expect to see policies that are very liberal. In a statement on Tuesday night, Gilbert said in part, "Democrats will seek to make good on their extreme agenda. We will fight that agenda at every turn."
Gilbert acknowledged that it will be difficult to do with democrats in control of both houses. You can see Gilbert's full statement below.