President Pro Tempore of the Virginia Senate Louise Lucas Endorses Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor

Senator Lucas joins Governor Ralph Northam, Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn, and House Majority Leader Charniele Herring in supporting Delegate Ayala's historic campaign 

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Virginia Lieutenant Governor announced the endorsement of President pro tempore of the Virginia Senate Louise Lucas. In 2020 Senator Lucas became the first woman and first African American in Virginia to serve as President pro tempore. Senator Lucas joins a wide coalition of endorsers that demonstrate growing momentum and support for Delegate Ayala’s historic campaign. Ayala’s campaign has been endorsed by the most members of both chambers of any candidate running in the field and the majority of House Leadership, demonstrating her strong leadership in Richmond.

“I am pleased to endorse Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor,” said Senator Luise Lucas. “Delegate Ayala has been a voice for justice and equity in the House of Delegates and she has worked hard to build relationships with her Black Caucus members in the Senate to make real change in our Commonwealth. I know she will bring these traits to the Lieutenant Governor role and I hope you will join me in supporting her.”

“I am honored to be endorsed by Senator Lucas,” said Delegate Ayala. “Senator Lucas has been a key leader in the Democratic party for decades and has paved the way for so many women like me in the General Assembly. Her legacy and service to our Commonwealth cannot be understated. I would not be where I am today without women like her and I am so honored to have her with me as we make history and elect the first women of color to statewide office in November.” 

Ayala — the first Afro-Latina elected to the General Assembly — serves in leadership of the House Democratic majority as Chief Deputy Whip, where she has helped usher in transformational progress for Virginia, including expanding Medicaid, passing historic criminal justice reforms, and raising teacher pay. She would make history as the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor and the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia history.  

Delegate Ayala has been endorsed by Governor Ralph Northam, Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn, House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, EMILY’s List, and Latino Victory Fund. They join over 80 dozens organizations, elected officials, and community leaders from across Virginia in supporting Ayala’s bid for Lieutenant Governor, including former Congressman Jim Moran, Senator Lionell Spruill, Senator Jeremy McPike, Senator Janet Howell, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, House Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan, House Majority Whip Alfonso Lopez, House Majority Co-Whip Mike Mullin, Appropriations Committee Chair Luke Torian, Transportation Committee Chair Delores McQuinn, Delegates Besty Carr, Marcus Simon, Danica Roem, Josh Cole, Dawn Adams, Clinton Jenkins, Paul Krizek, and Kathleen Murphy, and Higher Heights for America, which is dedicated to electing more Black women. Read Hala’s full list of endorsers here.