Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a peaceful and restorative holiday season. The General Assembly has a busy few months ahead; read on for more information about the upcoming legislative session. For a recap of the past year, click here to see all the 52nd district newsletters from 2021.

2022 Legislative Session

The Virginia General Assembly will convene for its 2022 regular session on Wednesday, January 12. During the 60-day session, the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia will consider proposed bills and finalize the Commonwealth’s next biennial operating budget. I will be announcing my 2022 legislative portfolio later this month. Be sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to keep up with all the latest news from Richmond during session!

Seeking Constituent Input

Please take a few moments to complete my 2022 legislative session constituent survey. Your responses will inform my votes and priorities for the upcoming session. You may also reach out to my office directly with input or feedback. During session, contact my Capitol office by phone at (804) 698-1052, by email at info@delegatetorian.com, or send mail to:

Delegate Luke Torian

Pocahontas Building

900 E. Main St

Richmond, VA 23219

Contact my district office by phone at (703) 785-2224, by email at info@delegatetorian.com, or send mail to:

Delegate Luke Torian

4222 Fortuna Center Plaza #659

Dumfries, VA 22025

Stay tuned: More information on constituent town halls is forthcoming!

COVID Updates

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is asking those without serious illness to avoid visiting hospital emergency departments as the Omicron variant spreads and COVID is once again overwhelming our health system:

“Virginia public health officials and hospital leaders are urging individuals with asymptomatic or mild coronavirus cases, or other non-serious illnesses, to avoid unnecessary trips to already burdened hospital emergency departments, and to get vaccinated if they have not already done so…

People with severe COVID-19 symptoms such as significant difficulty breathing, intense chest pain, severe weakness, or an elevated temperature that persists for days unabated are among those who should consider seeking emergency medical care for their condition…

Unnecessary visits to hospital emergency departments place great strain on hospitals and the frontline healthcare workers who continue to bravely battle the pandemic.”

You can show your gratitude to our frontline healthcare workers by keeping your holiday lights up and shining through the end of the month. During this new, record-breaking wave of the pandemic, our local healthcare providers need our support more than ever. HCA Virginia Health System’s “Lights Up for Heroes” campaign aims to show our local doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, aides, and support staff that their communities are still thinking of them. To join the campaign, simply delay taking down your holiday lights until January 31 and help spread the message by posting a picture of your holiday display with a message of gratitude for our local healthcare heroes using the #LightsUp4Heroes hashtag.

Year in Review – In Pictures

Hearing a presentation on Virginia’s new Community Policing Database – a result of my 2020 Community Policing Act – in June.
Announcing Virginia’s plan to invest $700 million in federal relief dollars into expanding broadband internet access and closing the digital divide with Senator Warner, Governor Northam, and Chair Howell in July.
With Delegate Candi Mundon King and Dumfries Councilwoman Selonia Miles at a community event in July.
Speaking on the House floor about the $4.3 billion stimulus bill that the General Assembly passed in August.
On the campaign trail with CASA in Action in October.
With Congresswoman Nikema Williams and LTC Alexander Vindman at a Get Out The Vote event in October.
Accepting a John Jenkins Good Scout Award in November.
In Danville with Governor Northam in December announcing a proposed $150 million to develop business-ready industrial sites across the Commonwealth.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns.