House Speaker replaces Del. Wright on Tobacco panel

State Del. Tommy Wright says he’s “disappointed but not surprised” that he’s not being reappointed to the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

New House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) last week appointed four Democrats to replace Wright and three other Republican members on the panel.

“Elections have consequences,” Wright (R-61st) told the Courier-Record at presstime, referring to the Democratic takeover of the General Assembly.

Wright, of Lunenburg, had served on the Commission since shortly after being elected to the House in 2000.

The Commission was created two decades ago to spend Virginia’s portion of the national tobacco settlement, and it distributes money for projects designed to benefit 41 economically-challenged localities in Southwest and Southside Virginia.





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