Governor Offers State of the Commonwealth

Looks Forward; No Mention of 2019 Issues

January 08, 2020 - 10:16 pm
Governor Ralph Northam (D) gives the State of the Commonwealth on January 8, 2020.  (House Feed)

(House of Delegates Feed)


Richmond, Va. ( -  Governor Ralph Northam (D) offered a forward looking State of the Commonwealth speech Wednesday night, albeit one the new House Minority Leader termed "one of the most partisan he's heard."  The Governor asked for new spending for health care and climate change, while also pledging action on gun control and on abortion rights.

Northam repeated his refrain from earlier in the week that "No one is going door-to-door to confiscate guns." Gun rights supporters have argued what the Governor and Democrats are proposing is unconstitutional, which the Governor says is not true.  The issue is expected to be the hot button issue of the 2020 session.

Northam did ask for the General Assembly to give local control over the Commonwealth's Confederate monuments to the localities.  Republicans opposed such a move when they were in the majority.

Former Speaker. Kirk Cox, and new House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) expressed concerns about the amount of spending.  Cox (R-Colonial Heights) said while some of it is good, there aren't too many areas the Governor didn't "spend too excessively in."  

Cox stepped down from leadership after Democrats gained the majority.