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Local delegate picked as chair of Legislative Black Caucus

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by Julian Walker, Virginian-Pilot

Del. Kenny Alexander, D-Norfolk, was selected by his peers to be chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, a coalition of African American state legislators.

At 42, Alexander believes he is the youngest chairman in caucus history, and “probably the first born in the 1960s.”

“Most of the past chairs were active in the Civil Rights movement,” said Alexander, who has been a House member since 2002 and is the proprietor of the Metropolitan Funeral Service in Norfolk. “I’m actually a beneficiary of that era.”

Alexander said he will continue to push for the restoration of voting rights of convicts in Virginia. The issue has long been a concern of the caucus. Virginia is one of only a few states with laws that make it difficult for individuals to regain voter rights after their sentences have been completed.

Alexander said he also wants to focus on gang prevention, providing greater access to health care and improving public education.

The 14 African American lawmakers in the General Assembly make up one-tenth of the 140 seats in the state legislature.

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Written by Symphony

December 16, 2008 at 7:52 am

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