According to the news on NBC 12 on Tuesday, Virginia State Senator Henry L. Marsh III announced his retirement from Virginia Senate effective on Thursday. Marsh notified Governor Terry McAuliffe about his plans in a letter. The letter stated, "I am thankful to the constituents of the 16th Senatorial District who entrusted me to serve them in the Senate for the past twenty-two years. I am proud to have carried out my duties and responsibilities in manner that has benefited my district and the citizens of the Commonwealth as a whole."
Governor McAuliffe accepted Marsh's letter of resignation and commended him for playing a major part in civil rights as Virginia commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Acts. He noted that Marsh has been a public servant for over 50 years as he has guided Virginia through its transformation from segregation to celebration of diversity.
This is very interesting because multiple sources within Richmond City Hall said speculation has been growing in recent weeks that Marsh’s retirement may come as soon as this summer. On June 12, March denied rumors of his imminent retirement to CBS 6 political reporter Joe St. George that he was retiring. However, it is official that Marsh has resigned his Senate seat and will retire from the General Assembly.
Marsh, 80, has been an icon in Richmond and around Virginia. He is an American civil rights lawyer and politician. As a Democrat, he was elected by the city council as the first African-American mayor of Richmond in 1977. After years of working as a civil rights lawyer, he was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 1991, and has been re-elected ever since. He currently represents the 16th district, consisting of the city of Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, and parts of the city of Richmond, and Chesterfield and Prince George counties, after years of work as a civil rights lawyer.
Sources have reported that Marsh has been introducing his daughter to major political donors in the hopes that she would take over his 16th District Senate seat. However, a special election will be held to fill Marsh’s seat that has not been vacant in such a long time. Marsh said he was looking forward to taking advantage of new opportunities to continue his service to the commonwealth.