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Plum Won't Pursue Second Term as House Democratic Caucus Chair

Longtime delegate says he wants to concentrate on policy, not partisan politics.

Del. Ken Plum, re-elected last week to his 16th consecutive term representing Virginia's 36th District, says he will not seek another term as Chair of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus.

Plum has been in that position for three years.

"It is an incredibly time consuming and thankless job," said Plum. "So we ought to pass around the opportunity to do it. When the house Democratic Caucus reorganizes, I will not be seeking re-election as chairman."

 Plum serves on the agriculture, conservation and natural resources committee, as well as the science and technology committee and the rules committee. He says he would prefer to work on issues rather than partisan leadership.

"My passion is really policy," said Plum. "Issues like the economic recovery are not Democratic or Republican. They need tough decision making and thinking outside the box. I am going to get out of the partisan leadership business and concentrate on policy."

When the General Assembly reconvenes in January, Plum will be the second-most senior member of the Virginia House of Delegates, behind Bedford's  Lacey E. Putney, who has served for 50 years. Plum has served from 1978-80, and then from 1982 to today.

Will Radle November 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM
According to bloggers, after losing 33 seats Plum has thrown his hat into the ring for Floor Leader in the House of Delegates: http://notlarrysabato.typepad.com/doh/2011/11/leadership-for-house-democrats.html?cid=6a00d83451b13369e2015436edba87970 http://notlarrysabato.typepad.com/doh/2011/11/ken-plum-not-seeking-caucus-chairmanship-again.html
Reston Mom November 16, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Not "bloggers" -- according to Ben Tribbett who is, at last count, one person. And a very opinionated one at that.
Will Radle November 16, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Ben Tribbett, a Democrat, is a vocal citizen. No one has disputed his statements on Delegate Plum. Reston Mom, do you?
Will Radle November 18, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Delegate Ken Plum makes it clear: he will not be a leader when the newly elected House of Delegates convenes. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/virginias-democratic-house-chair-bows-out/2011/11/16/gIQAhiVMRN_blog.html?wprss=virginia-politics

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