Richmond is the state capital and the home of the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest continuous representative legislature in the world. The assembly convenes in the city for 45 and 60 day sessions alternating each year. The 60 day session stretches from January through mid-March during which time all state bills are introduced and voted on.
The General Assembly consists of the Senate and the House of Delegates. Senators are elected every four years and delegates hold office for two years.