The 37th District, which was re-drawn during the 2011 redistricting session, is the heart of Fairfax. It takes in all of the City of Fairfax, including the City’s historic downtown district. From there it stretches south to the Norfolk Southern Railroad and west along I-66 and Lee Highway to encompass parts of Centreville. The district includes several vibrant business districts, attractive multi-family and townhouse developments, and single-family subdivisions with beautiful trees. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 80,255 residents live in the 37th District. There are numerous historic properties like the Blenheim House in Fairfax City (c. 1858-60) and Mount Gilead in historic Centreville (c. 1785). It is also home to the historic Fairfax Courthouse and the Fairfax County Government Center, which is the county seat for the nearly one million residents of Fairfax County.
The 37th District includes the following public schools: Daniels Run Elementary, Eagle View Elementary, Fairfax High School, Fairfax Villa Elementary, Lanier Middle School, London Towne Elementary, Oak View Elementary, Colin Powell Elementary, Providence Elementary, and Mosby Woods Elementary. Many families choose to live in the 37th District, because of the quality of these schools.
Of course, the largest academic institution located in the 37th District is George Mason University which was originally chartered in 1960, and now has grown to the largest university in Virginia’s world-renowned higher education system. The interaction between the university students and the local population makes the 37th an unusually great place to live.
The Virginia House of Delegates
The Virginia House of Delegates is the successor to the original Virginia House of Burgesses that was formed in 1619 by the English settlers at Jamestown. Today, it is the world’s oldest continuously meeting legislative assembly.
The 100-member House of Delegates constitutes half of the Virginia General Assembly. The other half is the State Senate which consists of 40 members. Under the Virginia Constitution, the two bodies form a bicameral legislature which drafts the state’s legal code, crafts the state budget, and determines state policy. The Assembly meets at the State Capitol in Richmond during the first two months of every year. It may also be convened for a “special session” if requested by the Governor.
During a biennial budget year, the Assembly session typically runs an additional 15 days. Members of the House of Delegates are compensated $17,640 annually for their services. Therefore, for most legislators, it is not a full-time occupation. Members must run for re-election every two years within their legislative districts.
For more information about the General Assembly’s history and procedures, visit the General Assembly’s website.