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Va Elects First Gay African American

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Lawrence Webb has become the first gay African American elected to office in Virginia.  Webb won a seat this week on the Falls Church City Council in his first run for political office.

Webb is not stranger to politics, though.  He has worked for a number of years get Democrats elected and has been an active community leader.

His election was hailed by the National Black Justice Coalition.

“We here at NBJC are very excited about the election of Lawrence to the Falls Church City Council,”said NBJC Executive Director, H. Alexander Robinson.

“His victory is a clear validation of the hard work Lawrence has done all over the state of Virginia and in his community.”

Webb is a Southside Virginian native who while attending Shenandoah University became highly involved in campus politics and was elected the first African-American president of the Student Government Association.

His active participation in politics led him to pursue a career in government.  After graduation, Lawrence began working on Capitol Hill for former Virginia Senator Chuck Robb.

During his tenure, Lawrence aided the politician statewide in sharing his vision across the state.  Additionally he worked for several associations along the way before landing in higher education.

He currently serves on a local and statewide committee: The Department of Correctional Education Board and the City of Falls Church Parks and Recreation Commission.

Webb is employed at the University of Mary Washington as an Assistant Dean of Admissions.


Written by Symphony

May 19, 2008 at 7:04 am

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