Laura Vozzella

Richmond, Va.

Local reporter covering Virginia politics

Education: Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., BA in English Literature

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, she was a political columnist and food writer at the Baltimore Sun. She dutifully recorded hockey sums and breaking news for the Associated Press in Boston, covered federal court for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and chronicled everything that moved in a small Connecticut town for her hometown newspaper, the Hartford Courant.
Latest from Laura Vozzella

The two sides of Youngkin: Virginia’s new governor calls for unity but keeps stoking volatile issues

While some praise Virginia's new governor for diving into state government, his constant campaign mode stokes rumors that he's aiming beyond Richmond.

February 13, 2022

Youngkin praises state senator for speech on Black History Month — but mistook her for a colleague

Youngkin said he apologized for the confusion, saying he was doing too many things at once when he sent the text.

February 11, 2022

Virginia Republicans threaten payback for Democrats’ snub of Trump EPA chief

House Republicans threatened to unseat about 1,000 Democratic appointees to state boards after Senate Democrats rejected one of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) Cabinet picks and most of his legislative agenda.

February 11, 2022

Virginia Senate votes to make masks in schools optional statewide

The measure, which would require that schools instruct students in person and give parents the right to decide if their children wear masks in school, now heads to the Republican-led House, which is expected to support it.

February 9, 2022

Senate Democrats put Wheeler’s bid for Youngkin’s Cabinet in limbo

The party-line vote is not likely to end Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to install Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who led a rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations as Environmental Protection Agency chief under President Donald Trump.

February 8, 2022

Virginia Senate Democrats join GOP on amendment to allow parents to opt out of school mask mandates

The amendment was made to a Republican bill, sponsored by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico), that would require schools to teach in person. That underlying bill is up for a final vote Wednesday.

February 8, 2022

Youngkin distances himself from campaign’s swipe at teen

The governor on Monday called his campaign's tweet "unauthorized" and said it shouldn't have happened.

February 7, 2022

Youngkin campaign attacks high school student on Twitter

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s campaign on Twitter attacked a teen, Ethan Lynne, who retweeted a story about the future for part of the Executive Mansion where enslaved workers once lived. “Here's a picture of Ethan with a man that had a Blackface/KKK photo in his yearbook,” Team Youngkin tweeted.

February 7, 2022

Va. General Assembly wrestles with race, ideology after Republican is rejected from Black Caucus

Del. A.C. Cordoza, the House's only Black Republican, accuses the Black caucus of rejecting him over policy differences.

February 4, 2022

New stadium for Commanders is a political football for local leaders

Local politicians weigh in on the new name for Washington's football team and what it may mean for the team's pursuit of a new stadium in the District, Maryland or Virginia.

February 2, 2022