Vance Wilkins

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S. Vance Wilkins, Jr.
53rd Speaker of the Virginia
House of Delegates
In office
January 12, 2000 – June 15, 2002
Preceded by Thomas W. Moss, Jr.
Succeeded by Lacey E. Putney (Acting)
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 24th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – June 15, 2002
Preceded by Mitchell Van Yahres
James B. Murray
Succeeded by Benjamin L. Cline
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 11th district
In office
January 11, 1978 – January 12, 1983
Preceded by Donald G. Pendleton
Succeeded by Albert L. Philpott
Personal details
Born Shirley Vance Wilkins, Jr.
( 1936 -08-12) August 12, 1936 (age 79)
Amherst, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Virginia Tech (B.S.)
Occupation General contractor
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1958–1960

Shirley Vance Wilkins, Jr. (born August 12, 1936, in Amherst County, Virginia) is a retired American politician of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1978-2002. In 2000 he became the first non-Democratic Speaker since the Readjuster Party controlled the House in the early 1880s.

Wilkins was considered the driving force in the expansion of Republican House membership in the 1980s and 1990s, especially after he became minority leader in 1992. In his first term as Speaker, he oversaw the redistricting of the House after the 2000 census which led to an increase in the Republican majority from 52-47 (1 independent) to 64-34 (2 independents) after the November 2001 election.


Republican House Speaker Wilkins was forced to resign his position following revelations that he’d paid $100,000 in hush money to a woman who had accused him of sexual harassment.[1] [2]


  1. ^, April 25, 2014, S. Vance Wilkins, ex-Va. House speaker, plans a comeback — for himself and the state GOP by Mason J. Adams [1]
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