Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird serves Virginia’s 63rd House District. The district comprises a diverse set of urban, rural and suburban communities spread throughout the City of Petersburg, Dinwiddie County and parts of Chesterfield County. Upon being sworn in as a member of the Virginia General Assembly in January 2016, Delegate Aird earned special distinction as the youngest woman ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
The daughter of a teenage mother and young naval torpedoman, Delegate Aird grew up experiencing first-hand every harsh reality of income inequality, the deprivation of living in impoverished communities, and the reverberating hardships of relocating frequently. She also witnessed her mother and father working multiple jobs and pursuing their education no matter how long it took, instilling in her the work ethic, perseverance and grit that are evident in every facet of Delegate Aird’s life today.
Lessons learned through the adversity of her childhood inform Delegate Aird’s legislative priorities and fuel her advocacy efforts. Over her three terms in office, Delegate Aird has earned a reputation as a courageous and indefatigable champion for social, racial, economic and environmental justice issues.
From the very beginning of her legislative career, Delegate Aird earned the reputation of a trusted, bi-partisan leader. She has been appointed to the Appropriations Committee, the General Laws Committee, and the Health Welfare and Institutions Committee. An effective coalition builder, Delegate Aird has been recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, repeatedly, for her work to incentivize job creation in distressed communities. She was named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Education Association in recognition of her bold education legislation. Delegate Aird currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Tobacco Commission.
Delegate Aird helped Virginia make history with the passage of Breonna’s Law, prohibiting the use of no-knock search warrants. Her legislation also led Virginia to become the first southern state to declare racism a public health crisis, to declare access to water a human right, and to impose a ban on the use of facial recognition technology. Delegate Aird was also a staunch advocate in securing the state’s first certification and reimbursement policy for doulas, to combat maternal and infant mortality.
Delegate Aird earned her undergraduate degree and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, from Virginia State University. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leadership Program, and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Minority Political Leadership Institute.
A tireless and trusted community leader, Delegate Aird is actively engaged in numerous civic boards and organizations. 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. She serves on the boards for the Sorensen Political Leadership Institute, the James House, Sports Backers and the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood. She is also a member of the Petersburg Breakfast Rotary and 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 and is the recipient of Virginia State University’s Presidential Medallion.
Professionally, Delegate Aird serves as Chief of Staff to the President at Richard Bland College of William & Mary.
Delegate Aird resides in Petersburg with her husband Blaine Aird and her two young boys, Blaine and Blake.