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Latest updates from the General Assembly:

Monday, May 24, 2021 9:02 AM

Delegate Heretick Refuses to Be Bought By Billionaire

Delegate Steve Heretick is standing up to a billionaire hedgefund manager that is spending unlimited sums of money to try to deregulate and remove state protections for Virginia's energy sector. Delegate Heretick stood up to this bully and refused to sellout his neighbors.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2:33 AM

With big money behind progressive challengers, 2021 could be test case for Charlottesville donors’ influence

Dark Money is Flowing into the 79th District.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:31 AM

Delegate Steve Heretick's Update on Pipeline/Fuel Shortage


Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:01 PM

Delegate Jay Jones Endorses Steve Heretick for Re-Election

NORFOLK, Va.—Delegate Steve Heretick (D-79) announced today that fellow Delegate Jay Jones (D-89) has endorsed his re-election for the Virginia House of Delegates. Del. Jones is currently running for Virginia Attorney General.

"I've worked closely with Delegate Steve Heretick over the years to pass Medicaid expansion and prioritize alternative energy solutions for our region,” said Del. Jones.“Steve is a true public servant who has focused for decades on issues that directly affect our working families, first in Portsmouth and now across the Commonwealth. I'm proud to call him a friend and to support his re-election to the House of Delegates."

Heretick is running for his fourth term in the House, where he can continue to champion building a green energy economy for Hampton Roads, reforming the criminal justice system, and expanding access to affordable health care for all of Virginia’s working families.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the support of my friend and colleague Del. Jones,” said Del. Heretick. “I once called him the voice of a generation and I stand by that. We have made tremendous progress for Hampton Roads together in the last few years and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him to finish the job.”


Democrat Stephen E. “Steve” Heretick represents the 79th District of the Virginia House of Delegates which includes parts of the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 2015, and serves on the committees for Counties, Cities, and Towns, Courts of Justice, Finance, and Labor and Commerce. Delegate Heretick also serves on six subcommittees, three of which he Chairs: Insurance, Land Use, and State Taxation.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:03 PM

Delegate Heretick calls for Marijuana Legalization in 2021

PORTSMOUTH, VA- Delegate Steve Heretick joined calls today encouraging Governor Northam’s administration to enact legalization of marijuana by the end of 2021. The Governor is expected to make recommendations in the coming days on legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year that would legalize adult consumption, but makes no provisions for legal distribution until 2024.


Tuesday, March 9, 2021 3:43 PM

Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held in Portsmouth

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:19 PM

Virginia General Assembly Approve Collection of Bills

Monday, March 1, 2021 10:21 PM

Hampton Roads lawmakers, residents react to vote legalizing marijuana in Virginia starting in 2024

Saturday, February 27, 2021 6:18 PM

Virginia lawmakers reach deal on marijuana legalization as General Assembly winds down ambitious session

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:45 PM

Bill to legalize marijuana in Virginia reintroduced by Hampton Roads Del. Steve Heretick

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12:43 PM

Exclusive: Hampton Roads delegate filing bill to legalize adult-use marijuana in Virginia

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:46 PM

Thursday, December 31, 2020 9:47 PM

No toll increase for 2021 after sale of Downtown, Midtown tunnel

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 9:42 PM

Gov. Northam releases report on legalizing marijuana, local lawmaker plans to file bill for legal adult-use cannabis

Friday, June 26, 2020 10:14 AM

Elizabeth River Crossings tunnels on the auction block

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:51 PM

VA Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:58 PM

Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries

Monday, March 23, 2020 1:59 PM

Governor Northam's Executive Order #53

Sunday, March 15, 2020 1:55 PM

Opinion/Commentary: Courage shown in gerrymandering votes

Monday, March 9, 2020 7:53 PM

"The end of the session means that Del. Steve Heretick’s, (D-79th District), long journey to decriminalize marijuana has almost reached the end."

Friday, January 31, 2020 11:25 AM

Virginia becomes first state to recognize Honor and Sacrifice flag

The Virginia General Assembly passed Delegate Heretick's HJ42 establishing the Honor and Sacrifice Flag as the Commonwealth's emblem to honor fallen public safety personnel.

Monday, January 27, 2020 12:00 AM


Friday, January 24, 2020 12:00 AM

Virginia lawmakers reject plan to boost affordable housing by allowing duplexes in single-family neighborhoods

Friday, January 10, 2020 6:50 PM

Elizabeth River Crossings could be for sale. A local delegate hopes it could help with tolls

Friday, January 10, 2020 12:00 AM

Governor Of Virginia Wants To Decriminalize Simple Cannabis Possession

Monday, January 6, 2020 3:39 PM

Advocates encourage new laws addressing trafficking

Friday, January 3, 2020 12:12 AM

Democrats believe marijuana will be decriminalized in Virginia

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:30 PM

Candidate Profile: Steve Heretick (79th District-Uncontested)

Friday, September 20, 2019 12:00 AM


Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:10 AM

Anti-toll task force for Downtown, Midtown tunnels gaining support

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 8:51 AM

Tunnel toll bill heads to subcommittee vote

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:44 PM

New task force forms to find ways to rid of Downtown, Midtown tunnel tolls

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:32 AM

Hampton Roads lawmaker proposes legalizing marijuana in Virginia

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:56 AM

Delegate introduced bill to legalize marijuana in Virginia

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 8:49 PM

Delegate Heretick: "Legalize Marijuana in VA"

"The time has come for adults to have the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not to consume marijuana in the privacy of their homes," said Delegate Heretick.

Friday, January 4, 2019 6:14 PM

Join Delegate Heretick for Legislative Sendoff Sunday Jan 6th

The General Assembly session starts Wednesday! Please join Delegate Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth/Norfolk) at the Bier Garden located at 438 High Street on Sunday January 6th from 4:00PM-5:30PM for a meet and greet. The event will be FREE and is a good opportunity to speak with your Delegate before he heads back to Richmond to work for you in the upcoming General Assembly Session!

Thursday, November 15, 2018 10:15 AM

Delegate Heretick Draws Attention his Redistricting Reform Bill HJ582

Delegate Heretick has introduced HJ582 to implement non-partisan independent redistricting reform in Virginia.  Contact your legislators today and ask them to co-sponsor this bill. It's time to put an end to gerrymandering once and for all!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:21 AM

Stand with Delegate Heretick on October 21st

Delegate Steve Heretick will be hosting a fundraising reception on Sunday October 21st at Rajput Indian Restaurant in Suffolk (5860 Harbour View Blvd, A-1). The event is from 5:30-6:30 with food and drinks provided with a VIP Reception from 5:00-5:30.  To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:58 AM

Heretick Fundraiser Postponed Due to Hurricane Michael

The fundraising reception scheduled for October 12th has been postponed to October 21st from 5:30PM-6:30PM (VIP Reception 5:00-5:30) due to the potential flooding and other damage from Hurricane Michael. The event will be held at Rajput Indian Restaurant in Suffolk. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

Monday, October 8, 2018 12:00 AM

God only knows how long I’m going to be in Siberia for this:’ Why one Democrat says he broke with his party on redistricting

Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:00 PM

Delegate Heretick Rails Against 'Corrupt' Gerrymandering

VA Democratic Delegate Steve Heretick rails against proposed gerrymandering by his own caucus' leadership. Delegate Heretick has introduced HJ582 which would establish a bi-partisan redistricting commission and prohibit the use of race, incumbency, and voting data in drawing legislative districts.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Delegate Heretick Pre-files Redistricting Reform Bill

Delegate Steve Heretick is once again standing up for independent non-partisan redistricting reform. HJ582 is a constitutional amendment protecting the current constitutional standards on population equality, compactness, and contiguity and adds additional standards to minimize splits of localities and to prohibit consideration of incumbency and political data.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:14 PM

Portsmouth delegate plans to utilize ODU study to fight for toll relief

Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:00 PM

General Assembly adjourns 60-day session without a budget, special session comes next

Thursday, March 8, 2018 9:00 AM

Compromise sets gas tax floor at 2013 level in Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia

Thursday, February 8, 2018 11:30 PM

Electric utility regulation bill advances in both chambers

Thursday, February 8, 2018 9:00 AM

Equality Virginia’s Day of Action brought LGBTQ people face-to-face with lawmakers

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 9:00 AM

2018 - VCTA Cable Reports - Norfolk Delegation

Thursday, February 1, 2018 9:32 AM

2018 - VCTA Cable Reports - Portsmouth - Del. Heretick

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM

State, local leaders push for study that could pave the way for toll relief

Monday, January 29, 2018 12:00 AM

Virginia Senate Republicans Kill Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana

Friday, January 26, 2018 12:00 AM

For understaffed Hampton Roads Regional Jail, help could be on the way

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:00 AM

House panel defeats bill to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana

Monday, January 22, 2018 12:00 AM

Disappointed by proposed bill, marijuana law reform advocates refocus agenda

Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Virginia may raise felony threshold for first time since 1980

Friday, January 5, 2018 8:00 PM

A new session for General Assembly

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 4:23 PM

Campaign Kick-Off March 9th

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:01 AM

Editorial: A blight removed from City Hall at last

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:15 AM

VCTA Cable Reports with Sen. Spruill, Del. Heretick, Del. Hester, and Del. Lindsey

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:35 PM

For the first time ever, Norfolk council decides to write down its rules

Thursday, February 9, 2017 9:27 AM

Delegate Heretick Gives Update on General Assembly Session

Monday, February 6, 2017 1:31 PM

Delegate Heretick’s Bill to Remove Corrupt Officials Advances

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill proposed by Delegate Stephen E. Heretick (D-Portsmouth) that would automatically suspend any local or constitutional officer convicted of a felony.  On Monday morning, House Bill 2364 passed the House 95-1 and now heads to the Senate. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:32 PM

Del. Heretick's Bill could lead to suspension of Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot, future convicted officials

Monday, January 16, 2017 7:04 AM

Bill in Virginia General Assembly aims to avoid another Anthony Burfoot situation

Saturday, December 31, 2016 5:12 PM

Del. Steve Heretick Congratulates NNS on 130 Years

Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:00 AM

Is the battle to keep the Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth worth fighting?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 9:00 AM

Portsmouth council members criticize planned location of trash transfer station

Monday, November 28, 2016 9:00 AM

Roger Chesley: Grand deal for state is less so for port city

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:58 AM

Portsmouth Councilman Danny Meeks resigns a month before term ends

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:30 AM

Port terminal's new lease will cost Portsmouth millions, city attorney says

Sunday, November 13, 2016 9:00 AM

John Rowe: Forging Portsmouth's Future

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 9:53 PM

John Rowe defeats Mayor Kenny Wright in Portsmouth, promises change

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 10:00 AM

Norcom girls claim Group 3A track title, trophy

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 10:00 AM

Del. Steve Heretick tops state House Democrats in pro-gun voting

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 11:50 PM

With quick win, Kenny Alexander will be Norfolk's first new mayor in 22 years

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:35 PM

Del. Steve Heretick Speaks on Protecting War Memorials

Saturday, March 26, 2016 12:00 AM

After mass exodus, Portsmouth has highest employee vacancies in Hampton Roads

Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:35 AM

Del. Steve Heretick Speaks in Favor of Tolling Reform

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 9:50 AM

State delegation tells Portsmouth Council to temper toll reduction goals

Del. Heretick, upon taking office in January, introduced HR73 a study to reduce or eliminate the tolls.  The VA Department of Transportation is now studying the matter with a report due back by October 1, 2016.

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