Virginia General Assembly Delegate Lashrecse Aird was elected in November 2015 to represent the 63rd District, which includes all of the City of Petersburg, parts of the City of Hopewell, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George County. She holds the special distinction of being the youngest woman ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. During the 2016 General Assembly Session, Delegate Aird was appointed to serve on the General Laws; Health, Welfare and Institutions; and Appropriations committees.
Delegate Aird’s service is guided by her allegiance to the citizens she represents and her devotion to improving their quality of life. In her first legislative session, she successfully sponsored and supported legislation to improve education, health care and workforce and economic development.
Delegate Aird’s professional and civic life reflect her conviction that the struggle for equality begins with political freedom and education. Working side by side with the president and as a member of the executive leadership team at Richard Bland College of William and Mary, she guides policy development that helps today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders.
A tireless and trusted community leader, Delegate Aird is actively engaged in numerous civic boards and organizations. Through her hard work and clarity of vision, she has risen to a leadership position in each organization that she serves. Currently she chairs the 4th Congressional District Committee for the Democratic Party of Virginia. In addition, she is Chair of the Petersburg Democratic Committee; Chair of the Petersburg Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Political Awareness and Involvement Committee; and a former member of the Petersburg Planning Commission and the Governor’s Council on Women.
Delegate Aird earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leadership Program; a graduate of the American Council on Education Virginia Network for Women in Higher Education’s Senior Leadership Seminar; a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Minority Political Leadership Institute. In addition, she has completed coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University toward a Master’s in Public Administration.
Delegate Aird has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including being named to the Virginia Leadership Institute’s Top Ten Leaders under Forty; Virginia Commonwealth University’s Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges; and the recipient of Virginia State University’s Young Trojan Distinguished Alumni Award for two consecutive years.
Delegate Aird is a resident of Petersburg where she and her husband, Blaine, reside and are raising their two young boys, Blaine and Blake.