COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — Incumbent Kirk Cox (R) has defeated Democrat Sheila Bynum-Coleman and Independent Linnard Harris in the pivotal race for House District 66, according to a projection by the New York Times.
Cox claimed victory over Bynum-Coleman at his campaign party in Colonial Heights Tuesday night.
“It’s an honor and privilege to serve you in the House of Delegates, and I am grateful for the trust you have once again placed in me,” said Cox in a Tweet. “We won because of our strong grassroots support from people like you.”
Despite retaining his House seat, Republicans were unable to maintain control of the Virginia Senate or House of Delegates. For the first time in nearly 25 years, Democrats will hold the majority in both chambers of the General Assembly.
Cox, who was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the House of Delegates in 2018, has represented the district for nearly three decades, but after federal courts ruled Virginia’s 2011 House of Delegates map was racially gerrymandered in parts, court-drawn maps have made the district competitive.
The former public-school teacher and baseball coach lists creating jobs, helping veterans, reducing unnecessary government spending and increasing access and affordability to higher education as his top priorities.
House District 66 includes the city of Colonial Heights and part of Chesterfield County.