May 23, 2023 News & Press Releases

Congressman Bennie Thompson Announced As A Blue Commonwealth Gala Featured Speaker

by Democratic Party of Virginia

RICHMOND, VA – The Democratic Party of Virginia is excited to announce Congressman Bennie Thompson, who chaired the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, as one of the featured speakers at the 2023 Blue Commonwealth Gala.

After the announcement of Congressman Thompson as a featured speaker, Susan Swecker, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, shared the following statement:

“We are incredibly grateful to Congressman Bennie Thompson for his service on the January 6 Committee and we are excited to welcome him to the Commonwealth of Virginia next month at our Blue Commonwealth Gala. Along with former Congresswoman Luria, Congressman Thompson embodies the meaning of putting one’s country ahead of politics, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have him share his experience with us next month.”

Congressman Bennie Thompson released the following statement:

“Former Virginia Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s service to this country, while serving with me on the January 6th Select Committee, stood in stark contrast to the former President’s dereliction of duty and violation of his oath of office. It was an honor to work with Congresswoman Luria, and it is my privilege to visit her commonwealth as one of the featured speakers at the annual Blue Commonwealth Gala.”

Members of the media who would like to be credentialed to cover the Blue Commonwealth Gala are encouraged to RSVP in advance using this form:

Other featured speakers at this year’s Blue Commonwealth Gala include political commentator Paul Begala, Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, Congresswoman Jennifer McClellan, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, Congressman Bobby Scott, Congressman Don Beyer, and Congressman Gerry Connolly.