Equally at home as a companion to an introductory text or as a stand-alone resource, Virginia Government offers an excellent introduction to the political institutions, actors, and policy processes of the Old Dominion State. Paying special attention to the governing arrangements that make Virginia unique, from statewide city-county separation to a single-term governor to shifting electoral alignments, Peaslee and Swartz strike the perfect balance, combining necessary background and historical analysis with current events and policy issues to make the information relevant and engaging for today's students. Grounded in the comparative method, the text provides useful comparisons with governing institutions, political processes, and public polices in other states and localities.

The Virginia General Assembly Lawmaking in the Nation's First Legislature

The Virginia General Assembly Lawmaking in the Nation's First Legislature

The virginia general assembly lawmaking in the nation's first legislature


  • Structure of the General Assembly
  • Lawmaking Power
  • Constituent Services
  • Judicial and Executive
  • Oversight
    • Impeachment Power
    • Apportionment of State Legislators
  • Legislative Leadership and Party Control
  • A Profile of Virginia's Legislators
  • Conclusion

Virginia's state legislature is the oldest representative body in the United States, tracing its founding to the House of Burgesses in Jamestown when it was still a young colony. Although it has undergone a number of changes—including its size, scope, and even location— since it was first established in 1619, the General Assembly remains a citizen legislature and is the seat of lawmaking in Virginia. Public opinion polls show that citizens tend to look more favorably upon lawmakers at the state level than those ...

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