African-American lawmakers selected to lead some legislative committees

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Three African-American lawmakers in Virginia are expected to lead powerful legislative committees next year in the state House of Delegates. Black legislators haven’t led a House committee in two decades.

Democratic Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, who is set to be the next House speaker, announced the heads of four legislative committees Thursday. Three of the four are African-American.

They are Del. Luke Torian, who will lead the House Appropriations Committee; Del. Jeion Ward, who will lead the House Commerce and Labor Committee; and Del. Roslyn Tyler, who will lead the House Education Committee.

Democrats flipped control of the Virginia’s General Assembly in legislative elections earlier this month.

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