List of speakers of the Virginia House of Delegates

This is a complete list of the speakers of the Virginia House of Delegates. Elected by the members of the House, the Speaker is the presiding officer of that body. In addition to duties as chair, the adopted rules of the House of Delegates specify other powers and duties of the post. The Speaker is currently elected for a two-year term in the odd-numbered years in which the Legislature convenes.

Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Incumbent
Don Scott
since January 10, 2024
Virginia House of Delegates
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceVirginia General Assembly
AppointerElected by the Virginia House of Delegates
Inaugural holderEdmund Pendleton

List of speakers

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Parties

  No party   Democratic   Republican   Democratic-Republican   Whig   Re-adjuster   Conservative

# Name County or city Term began Term ended Party
1   Edmund Pendleton Caroline County 1776 1776 None
2   George Wythe Williamsburg 1777 1778 None
3   Benjamin Harrison V Charles City County 1778 1781 None
4   Richard Henry Lee Westmoreland County 1781 1781 None
3   Benjamin Harrison V[1] Charles City County 1781 1781 None
5   John Tyler Sr. Charles City County 1781 1785 None
3   Benjamin Harrison V Charles City County 1785 1786 None
6   Joseph Prentis Williamsburg 1786 1788 None
7   Thomas Mathews Norfolk County 1788 1794 None
8   John Wise Accomack County 1794 1799 None
9 Larkin Smith King and Queen County 1799 1802 None
10 Edmund Harrison Amelia County 1802 1803 None
11 Hugh Holmes Frederick County 1803 1805 None
12   Peter Johnston Jr. Prince Edward County 1805 1807 None
13   Hugh Nelson Albemarle County 1807 1809 Democratic-Republican
14   James Barbour Orange County 1809 1812 Democratic-Republican
15   Andrew Stevenson Albemarle County 1812 1816 Democratic-Republican
16   Robert Stanard Spotsylvania County 1816 1817 None
17   Linn Banks Madison County 1817 1838 Democratic
18   Thomas W. Gilmer Albemarle County 1839 1840 Whig
19 Valentine W. Southall Albemarle County 1840 1842 None
20   Joel Holleman Isle of Wight County 1842 1844 Democratic
21   William O. Goode Mecklenburg County 1845 1846 Democratic
22   John W. Jones Chesterfield County 1847 1847 Democratic
23   James F. Strother Rappahannock County 1847 1848 Whig
24   Henry L. Hopkins Powhatan County 1848 1850 Democratic
25   George W. Hopkins Washington County 1850 1852 None
26   Oscar M. Crutchfield Spotsylvania County 1852 1861 None
27   James L. Kemper Madison County 1861 1863 Democratic
28   Hugh W. Sheffey Augusta County 1863 1865 None
29   John B. Baldwin Augusta County 1865 1869 Conservative
30   Zephaniah Turner Jr. Rappahannock County 1869 1871 Democratic
31   J. Marshall Hanger Augusta County 1871 1877 Democratic
32   Henry C. Allen Shenandoah County 1877 1879 Democratic
33   Benjamin W. Lacy New Kent County 1879 1881 Democratic
34   Isaac C. Fowler Washington County 1881 1882 Readjuster
35   Charles E. Stuart Alexandria 1883 1887 Democratic
36   Richard H. Cardwell Hanover County 1887 1894 Democratic
37   John F. Ryan Loudoun County 1894 1899 Democratic
38   Edward W. Saunders Franklin County 1899 1901 Democratic
37   John F. Ryan Loudoun County 1901 1906 Democratic
39   William D. Cardwell Hanover County 1906 1908 Democratic
40   Richard E. Byrd Winchester 1908 1914 Democratic
41   Edwin P. Cox Richmond 1914 1916 Democratic
42   Harry R. Houston Elizabeth City County 1916 1920 Democratic
43   Richard L. Brewer Jr. Suffolk 1920 1926 Democratic
44   Thomas W. Ozlin Lunenburg County 1926 1930 Democratic
45   J. Sinclair Brown Roanoke County 1930 1936 Democratic
46   G. Aston Dovell Williamsburg 1936 1942 Democratic
47   Thomas B. Stanley Henry County 1942 1946 Democratic
48   G. Alvin Massenburg Hampton 1947 1950 Democratic
49   E. Blackburn Moore Frederick County 1950 1968 Democratic
50   John Warren Cooke Mathews County 1968 1980 Democratic
51   Albert L. Philpott Henry County 1980 1991 Democratic
52   Tom Moss Norfolk 1991 2000 Democratic
53   S. Vance Wilkins Jr. Amherst County 2000 2002 Republican
54   William J. Howell Stafford County 2003 2018 Republican
55   Kirk Cox Colonial Heights 2018 2020 Republican
56   Eileen Filler-Corn Fairfax County 2020 2022 Democratic
57   Todd Gilbert Shenandoah County 2022 2024 Republican
58   Don Scott Portsmouth 2024 Incumbent Democratic

Acting Speaker

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According to Rules 2 and 16 of the House of Delegates, the chair of the Committee on Privileges and Elections serves as Acting Speaker when there is a vacancy in the Speaker's office. This has occurred twice since 1990:

  • Ford C. Quillen of Scott County was Acting Speaker from the death of A. L. Philpott on September 28, 1991, until the House met in a special redistricting session in November, when Thomas W. Moss Jr. was elected Speaker.
  • Lacey E. Putney of Bedford was Acting Speaker from the resignation of S. Vance Wilkins Jr. on June 15, 2002, until the House met in regular session in January 2003, when William J. Howell was elected Speaker.

List of speakers by time in office (incomplete)

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Rank Name Time in office TE Year(s) in which elected
1 Linn Banks 20 years, 148 days 11 1817; 1819; 1821; 1823; 1825; 1827; 1829; 1831; 1833; 1835; 1837
2 E. Blackburn Moore 17 years, 364 days 9 1950; 1952; 1954; 1956; 1958; 1960; 1962; 1964; 1966
3 William J. Howell 15 years, 2 days 8 2003; 2004; 2006; 2008; 2010; 2012; 2014; 2016
4 John Warren Cooke 11 years, 364 days 6 1968; 1970; 1972; 1974; 1976; 1978
5 A. L. Philpott 11 years, 262 days 6 1980; 1982; 1984; 1986; 1988; 1990
6 John F. Ryan 9 years, 315 days 5 1894; 1895; 1897; 1901; 1904
7 Oscar M. Crutchfield 9 years, 123 days 5 1852; 1853; 1855; 1857; 1859
8 Thomas W. Moss Jr. 8 years, 54 days 5 1991; 1992; 1994; 1996; 1998
9 Richard H. Cardwell 6 years, 85 days 4 1887; 1889; 1891; 1893
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(tie)
Richard E. Byrd Sr. 6 years, 6 days 3 1908; 1910; 1912
Ashton Dovell 3 1936; 1938; 1940
11 J. Sinclair Brown 6 years 3 1930; 1932; 1934
12
(tie)
J. Marshall Hanger 5 years, 364 days 3 1871; 1873; 1875
Richard L. Brewer Jr. 3 1920; 1922; 1924
13 Thomas B. Stanley 4 years, 295 days 3 1942; 1944; 1946
14 Charles E. Stuart 4 years, 3 days 2 1883; 1885
15 Harry R. Houston 4 years, 2 days 2 1916; 1918
16 Thomas W. Ozlin 3 years, 360 days 2 1926; 1928
17 John Brown Baldwin 3 years, 305 days 1 1865
18 G. Alvin Massenburg 3 years, 5 days 2 1947; 1948
19 Hugh W. Sheffey 2 years, 324 days 2 1863; 1863
20 Vance Wilkins 2 years, 154 days 2 2000; 2002
21 Zephaniah Turner Jr. 2 years, 62 days 1 1869
22 Eileen Filler-Corn 2 years, 3 days 1 2019
23
(tie)
Henry Clay Allen 1 year, 363 days 1 1877
Isaac C. Fowler 1 1881
Edward W. Saunders 1 1899
William D. Cardwell 1 1906
Edwin P. Cox 1 1914
Kirk Cox 1 2018
Todd Gilbert 1 2021
24 James L. Kemper 1 year, 43 days 1 1861
25 Benjamin W. Lacy 97 days 1 1879
26 Donald L. Scott 161 days 1 2023

See also

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References

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  1. ^ Holleman, Joseph H. Jr., ed. (1976). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776–1976. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates. p. 15.