Louise Lucas

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Louise Lucas
Louise Lucas 2008-08-28.jpg
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 18th district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1944-01-22) January 22, 1944 (age 71)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Residence Portsmouth, Virginia
Profession Educator
Committees Local Government (chair); Courts of Justice; Education and Health; Finance; Rules
Religion African Methodist Episcopal

L. Louise Lucas is a Democratic member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 18th District since 1992. She was defeated by Republican Randy Forbes in the 2001 special election to replace U.S. Congressman Norman Sisisky, who had died in office. In 2008 two companies which she controls applied for Empowerment Zone bonds to build a conference center in Portsmouth, VA. The request for approval was denied by city council on a 3-2 vote with two council members who had a financial interest in the project abstaining. The companies, still controlled by Lucas, later filed a $97.7 million suit against the City of Portsmouth (home of most of her constituents) claiming the companies were discriminated against because they were led and funded mostly by African-Americans. The suit also named those Council members who voted against the original proposal and the CIty Attorney. Council later reconsidered the decision, but nonetheless still denied funding. The suit was dropped after the second denial.[1]

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  1. ^ Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, December 19, 2008

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