Lawrence Webb

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Lawrence Webb is an academic administrator and politician from Falls Church, Virginia. He was elected in 2008 to the Falls Church City Council, becoming the first openly gay, African-American elected official in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[1] He ran for re-election in 2012 but lost.[2] He was elected to the Falls Church City School Board in November 2013.


Born in Kenbridge, Virginia, Webb earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and a graduate Certificate in Public Management from Shenandoah University, where he was the first African-American elected president of the Student Government Association.[3]

Webb worked as an assistant director of admissions at the University of Mary Washington. Webb is currently a Senior Recruiter at Bowie State University.[4] He was previously employed by Shenandoah University in the admissions and alumni affairs offices.[3]

Former Governor Mark Warner appointed Webb to the board of the Department of Correctional Education in 2004, and rose to the chairmanship in 2010 a position he held until 2012. Webb was appointed in 2015 by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Prevention. A resident of Falls Church since 2004, Webb had served three years on the city's Recreation & Parks Advisory Board prior to his election to city council.[3]

He lives with his partner Clifton Taylor. His candidacy was supported by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.[5]