January 17, 2020 News & Press Releases

Virginia House GOP Leader Todd Gilbert has filed no legislation for the 2020 session

by Democratic Party of Virginia

RICHMOND, VA - Delegate Todd Gilbert, the Republican Minority Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates has spent the beginning of the 2020 legislative session grandstanding for the press and complaining about process issues while Democrats have gotten to work ratifying the ERA and advancing other key priorities. 

But when it comes to doing the actual job of legislating, Gilbert has fallen completely short. As the bill filing deadline passed today, he's put forward no legislation this session, save for a symbolic joint resolution honoring an entrepreneur from his district.

This is far from normal for leadership in the House of Delegates. In 2019, then Minority Leader Eileen Filler-Corn filed nine substantive bills, a constitutional amendment, and four joint resolutions. Gilbert's counterpart, Majority Leader Charniele Herring, has filed over a dozen pieces of legislation this session. 

"Apparently Todd Gilbert would rather complain about the legislative process than participate in it. Voters sent him to Richmond to do a job, but his grandstanding and self-promotion at their expense isn't getting anything done for the people in his district. The least he could do is explain to them why he's decided to spend this legislative session on the sidelines," said DPVA Press Secretary Grant Fox.