Senator L. Louise Lucas was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November 1991 and continues to serve the citizens of the 18th Senatorial District. She has a seat on the following Senate Committees: Education & Health, Courts of Justice, Finance, Local Government and Rules.
She is member of the Finance Sub-committee on Claims, member, Finance Sub-committee on Economic Development/Natural Resources, member, Finance Sub-Committee on Public Safety, member, Education Sub-committee on Health Licensing. Senator Lucas was Chairwoman of the Senate Local Government, Senate Education and Health and a former member of Committees on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; Rehabilitation and Social Services; Transportation; former Chairwoman, Education and Health Special Sub-committee on Public Smoking Legislation; Sub-committee on Mental Health Legislation; Special Sub-committee on Immigration.
She serves as the Chairwoman of Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee in Virginia.
Senator Lucas serves on the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, Governor’s Commission on State Funding for Public School Construction and the Governor’s Commission on Information Technology and was appointed in 2010 to the Commission on Electric Utility Regulation and in 2012 appointed to the Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund and in 2013 to the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission.
She is also an active member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and elected Vice-Chair of Outreach with the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Senator Lucas was previously elected in June 1984 to serve the citizens of Portsmouth on the Portsmouth City Council where she was the top vote getter for that election, and the first African American woman to serve as Councilwoman. Senator L. Louise Lucas has been involved in social, civic and political activities most of her adult life and has served in elective office for 30 years.