CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. (WVIR) - Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is laying out his priorities following a big Democratic win from Tuesday's elections.
For the first time in more than 20 years, Democrats are taking full control of the General Assembly. They will have control of the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and now the legislative branch.
The governor met with members of his cabinet Wednesday, November 6. Northam is promising action on several key issues, including gun safety laws he proposed at a special session earlier this year.
That session was adjourned by Republicans after less than 90 minutes, with no results.
Northam says Virginians were paying attention to that, and it showed in the polls Tuesday.
“We've had this mass tragedy in Virginia. Last year we lost over 1,000 lives to gun violence, and people have said enough is enough, and you know I've told the legislature I need people that will come to Richmond and have dialogue; they'll take votes and pass laws to make Virginia safer,” Northam said.
In an interview with CNN, the governor said he's confident with a Democratic House of Delegates and Senate that they will be able to get gun legislation passed.
Some of the other key issues Northam addressed during Wednesday’s cabinet meeting included: affordable and better reproductive healthcare - especially for minority women - better access to education, and looking for ways to implement clean energy throughout the state.