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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin delivers his first joint address to the state’s general assembly

Gov. Youngkin addressed the state legislature
Gov. Youngkin addressed the state legislature(Gov. Youngkin addressed the state legislature)
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 12:30 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WVVA) - Va.’s first Republican governor in nearly a decade delivered his first address in front of the state’s legislature Monday afternoon.

On just his third day in office, Gov. Youngkin spoke of unity and bipartisanship, calling on both sides of the aisle to work for the people of the commonwealth.

“I believe this chamber is big enough for us to talk through our differences,” said Youngkin. “There is more that binds us than divides us.”

Along with high hopes of cooperation amidst a divided legislature though, the new governor didn’t shy away from sticking to his campaign promises -- telling the general assembly the commonwealth “should not use inherently divisive concepts like critical race theory.”

As for the democrats, it’s clear they’re not on board with Youngkin’s agenda so far.

“Instead of middle of the road solutions, we’re getting extreme right-wing policy and policymakers dressed in a veneer of civility,” said Del. Eileen Filler-Corn.

Youngkin’s address is available to read in full on the Va. governor’s website.

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