Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird was sworn in January 2016 to represent the 63rd House District, which includes all of the City of Petersburg, all of Dinwiddie County and parts of Chesterfield County. She holds the special distinction of being the youngest woman ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
Delegate Aird serves on the General Laws; Health, Welfare and Institutions; and Appropriations committees. Out of session, she serves on the joint subcommittees on Tax Preferences and Local Governments in Fiscal Distress. She is recently appointed to Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, which awards grants that supports job creation, education and a variety of projects in tobacco-dependent communities.
Delegate Aird’s service is guided by her allegiance to the citizens she represents and her devotion to improving their quality of life. In her first two legislative terms, she has placed a significant emphasis on improving education—K-12 and higher education—workforce development, and economic and social justice.
Delegate Aird’s professional life reflects her conviction that the struggle for equality begins with political freedom and education. Working side by side with the president as chief of staff, and as a member of the executive leadership team at Richard Bland College of William and Mary, she helps today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders.
Delegate Aird earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leadership Program; a graduate of the American Council on Education Virginia Network for Women in Higher Education’s Senior Leadership Seminar and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Minority Political Leadership Institute. In addition, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, from Virginia State University in 2019 and was part of Governing Magazine’s Women in Government, Class of 2019. She is a current 2020 Fellow of the Bertelsmann Foundation Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI).
A tireless and trusted community leader, Delegate Aird is actively engaged in numerous civic boards and organizations. Through her hard work and clarity of vision, she has risen to a leadership position in each organization that she serves. Currently, she chairs the Fourth Congressional District Committee for the Democratic Party of Virginia. In addition, she is a member of the Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the James House Board of Directors, Sports Backers Board of Directors and is a member of the Responsible Leaders Network for the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.
Delegate Aird has been recognized with numerous awards and honors; including the University of Virginia’s Emerging Leader Award, the Free Enterprise Award from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and 2019 and the Energy Freedom award from the Sierra Club. She has been named Virginia Leadership Institute’s Top Ten Leaders under Forty; is the recipient of Virginia State University’s Presidential Medallion; and the Young Trojan Distinguished Alumni Award for two consecutive years.
Delegate Aird is a resident of Petersburg where she and her husband, Blaine, reside and are raising their two young boys, Blaine and Blake.