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Daun Sessoms Hester
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Virginia House of Delegates District 89
In office
December 20, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedDecember 18, 2012
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNorview High School
Bachelor'sVirginia State University
Master'sGeorge Washington University
Place of birthNorfolk, VA
Office website
Campaign website
Daun Sessoms Hester is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 89. She was first elected to the chamber on December 18, 2012.


Hester graduated from Norview High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) in Education from Virginia State University. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. Hester worked as an educator and an education administrator, including as a principal. She served on the Norfolk City Council from 1996 to 2010, serving as Vice-Mayor from 2004 to 2008. She also served as vice-chair on the Norfolk Economic and Community Business Development Committee.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Sessoms Hester served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
General laws

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, Sessoms Hester served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Hester’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Excerpt: "Creating a strong economy in our city and our Commonwealth means building on a foundation formed by several elements – each of which constitutes a complex web of issues. A strong middle-class... A healthy commercial sector... Sound and sustainable transportation..."
Excerpt: "Public education has always been my priority and my passion. It is a complex issue with many facets. I know through my life’s work as a professional educator and my many years of public service as an elected official – there are no quick fixes or political ploys for the challenges that our schools face."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "I am committed to preserving, protecting and, when feasible, restoring our natural world through reasonable policy and collective efforts. Often in communities of great need, environmental issues may seem less of a priority. But a clean, healthy environment is fundamental to the well-being of all, and especially in areas affected by economic decline."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Hester won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 89. Hester ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[3]


Special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Hester won election in the special election for District 89 of the Virginia House of Delegates. She defeated James J. St John (I) in the general election on December 18, 2012. The seat was vacant following Kenny Alexander's resignation after winning a special election for the Virginia state senate on September 4, 2012.[4][5][6]


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In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly was in regular session from January 11 to March 10. In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 9 to February 25.

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In 2013, Hester’s endorsements included the following:[7]

Additional reading


Hester has been a member of the National League of Cities (NLC), a Board and Advisory Council member, a member of the NLC Council on Youth, Education and Families Committee National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), and a member of the Hampton Roads Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA). She also served as a member of the Virginia Municipal League, the CIVIC Institute Alumni Association, Leadership Hampton Roads Alumni Association and the Virginia State University Alumni Association.[1]

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