Marijuana retail market bills advance after votes in General Assembly

Bills intended to launch Virginia’s recreational marijuana retail market took steps forward in the General Assembly this week. The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow legal sales of recreational pot to start in January 2025. Meanwhile, the House of Delegates on Monday passed legislation that would allow a few companies to begin […]

VA Senate and House Democrats Hold “Crossover” Priorities Press Conference

Today, Senate Caucus Chair Mamie Locke, Senator Aaron Rouse, House Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring, and Delegate Shelly Simonds held a joint press conference to highlight their shared priorities following Crossover last week. Headed into Session, the caucuses shared their joint “Vision for Virginia” – a series of shared values, focused on creating an economy that works […]

Senator-elect Rouse gets rousing welcome on first day of session

When Aaron Rouse walked into a briefing room at the state Capitol on Wednesday morning he was met with a loud applause from members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. The night before the Virginia Beach City Council member and former NFL defensive back edged his Republican opponent, Kevin Adams, in a special election for a […]

Democrat Aaron Rouse to be sworn in after flipping Va. Senate seat

Aaron Rouse, a former National Football League player who runs a youth-focused nonprofit organization and served four years on the Virginia Beach City Council, will be sworn into the state Senate on Wednesday after unofficial results were finalized in the special election to fill the Virginia Beach-based seat. With the completed tabulation of provisional and […]

Special election for Virginia’s 7th Senate District set for January 10

The seat became open Tuesday after Republican State Sen. Jen Kiggans resigned ahead of joining the U.S. House in January VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A special election for the Virginia Senate’s 7th District is set for Jan. 10, 2023, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office announced Tuesday. The election will fill the seat that Republican State Senator […]

Aaron Rouse will run for Virginia Senate seat held by Jen Kiggans

The Virginia Beach councilman and former pro football player will run for the seat Jen Kiggans is vacating following her election to the U.S. House. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Former pro football player and Virginia Beach Councilman Aaron Rouse announced he will run for a Virginia Senate seat in the 7th District, which is currently […]

Aaron Rouse named Harvey L. Lindsay Changemaker Honoree by VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads

Congratulations to Virginia Beach City Councilman Aaron Rouse for being named the 2022 Harvey L. Lindsay, Jr. Changemaker Honoree. Rouse is a changemaker living out his mission to provide, protect and produce greatness for Virginia Beach. Rouse began his career in public service after retiring from the NFL, serving as a coach and a mentor […]

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