Virginia 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 the Future Competiveness of Higher Education in Virginia, Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century and Local Governments in Fiscal Distress.
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 guides policy development that 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.
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 Chair of the Petersburg Democratic Committee; a member of the Board of Directors for Southside Regional Medical Center, the Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a former member of the Petersburg Planning Commission and the Governor’s Council on Women.
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 Virginia Education Association’s 2017 Solid as a Rock Award. She has been named to the 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.