For elected officials, getting into office is not the only goal on the agenda. There’s also the issue of getting key committee assignments. Those assignments are likely to influence how much money they’re able to raise.
Although half of Americans are female, only about a quarter of state lawmakers are. Arizona and Vermont have the most women in office: 40%. And while Virginia is nowhere close to that, women did win big election night.
Virginia has wrapped up its fiscal year in good standing. Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced a surplus of more than $130 million. And he and Republican lawmakers are on the same page about what to do with the extra cash: save it.