L. Louise Lucas

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Lucas was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and graduated cum laude from Norfolk State University in 1976 with a BS in vocational industrial education. In 1982, she earned a MA degree, graduating magna cum laude, with a concentration in human resources planning and administration. Lucas began working as an apprentice shipfitter at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 1971, becoming the first female shiplifter in the organization’s history, and subsequently held positions as an engineering draftsman and a naval architect technician. In 1985, she transitioned to the non-profit sector, becoming the Interim Executive Director of the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project and later was appointed as the Executive Director, holding this position until 1992. She joined NSU as an assistant professor from 1994 to 1998, and is the President/CEO of several organizations, including Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program, and Southside Direct Care Provider, all operating in The Lucas Professional Center in Portsmouth [1, 2].

Lucas began her formal political career in June 1984 where she became the first African American woman to serve on the Portsmouth City Council. She was first elected to the Virginia General Assembly as a senator in November 1991, and has served as Chairwoman of the Senate Local Government Committee and President Pro Tempore of the Senate since 2020. Lucas’s committees include Education & Health, Courts of Justice, Finance, Local Government, and Rules. Lucas also ran for election to Virginia’s 4th Congressional District in 2001, but was unsuccessful [1, 3].

In 2020, Lucas was charged with two felonies for her involvement in a protest at a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, VA. These charges were later dismissed due to insufficient evidence [6].

Key Issues

Criminal Justice

Clark wants to reduce incarceration rates and improve rehabilitation programs for individuals in the criminal justice system [1]

Education

Lucas wants to improve education in Virginia by supporting measures to increase funding for public schools, reduce class sizes, and initiatives to enhance educational opportunities for students in the state [1].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Senator Louise Lucas
2 Senate of Virginia
3 Ballotpedia
4 X
5 Bill Track 50
6 The Hill