State Sen. Norment announces retirement

Published 5:56 pm Monday, February 27, 2023

State Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City, won’t be seeking reelection this November.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Sunday that Norment, 76, had announced his retirement from office.

Norment currently serves as the Senate’s minority leader and has represented portions of Isle of Wight County since 2011 but was paired with Sen. Ryan McDougle, R-Hanover, under redistricting maps Virginia’s Supreme Court adopted in 2021. The maps moved both Republicans to a newly created Senate District 26, which no longer includes Isle of Wight and instead spans from Hanover County to the middle of the Peninsula.

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The redistricting process also affected Sen. L. Louis Lucas, D-Portsmouth, who also represents Isle of Wight but is now paired with Sen. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake, in the newly redrawn Senate District 18. The new maps will be used for the first time in this year’s state House and Senate races. As such, Lucas’s representation of Isle of Wight under the old maps will end come January when new delegates and senators are seated.

Isle of Wight is now located entirely in the newly created Senate District 17, which has no incumbent senators presently residing within its boundaries. Del. Emily Brewer, R-Isle of Wight, will face off against retired NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler of Emporia in a spring convention for the Republican Party’s nomination for the Senate District 17 seat, rather than seek a fourth term in the House. The redistricting process moved Brewer from the reliably Republican 64th House District to a newly created and Suffolk-heavy 84th District that’s expected to lean Democratic.

Norment has been a senator since 1992.