It's hard to break into an Old Boy's Club but over the years more and more women have moved into politics. Wednesday night, the newly elected house speaker made an announcement that caught some by surprise: among the names of the first appointees to high ranking committees are two women.
In total, six of the top positions will change hands but for the first time women will head both the Judiciary Committee and Education. Delegate Carrie Webster will chair the Judiciary Committee and Delegate Mary Poling will head up Education. According to Speaker Elect Rick Thompson, his intention was not to make a political statement but to pick the people he felt were best for the job.
The countdown is on to the start of the 78the Legislative Session and Thompson is quickly making changes. He was just elected this past weekend and says that this is a signal the the legislature is going in a different direction. The speaker promises the legislature to be more open, have more debate and to work very hard.