Chronicling Virginia’s Political Landscape

Posted: May 22, 2009 at 11:12 am, Last Updated: February 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

By James Greif

Toni-Michelle Travis

Toni-Michelle Travis

Toni-Michelle Travis, associate professor of public and international affairs, is editor of a new volume chronicling the ever-changing political landscape of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Published since 1977 and updated every two years, the Almanac of Virginia Politics is the leading source of information on the legislative process and key players in Virginia government.

The 2008 volume helps politicos track the demographics that are bringing about political shifts in the state.

The almanac includes biographies, a photo and contact information for each of the members of the Virginia House of Delegates and Virginia State Senate that make up the Virginia General Assembly.

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The reference book also includes descriptions of the legislative districts, election returns and voting records.

A recap of the 2007 election discusses the hotly contested races, the victory of U.S. Sen. Jim Webb and State Sen. Chap Petersen over incumbents. Changes in the Virginia House of Delegates covers retirements, deaths and incumbents who lost in primary elections.

Published by GMU Press, this tool for legislators, lobbyists, librarians, candidates, civic activists, teachers, students and citizens is available online and in the University Bookstore.

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