Authority of the House of Delegates
The Virginia House of Delegates is half of the Legislative branch of Virginia's government. Together with the State Senators, they make up the General Assembly which meets once a year to determine what bills to present to the Governor in order to become law.
While a Delegate is in a position of power to be a part of the legislative process, we have checks and balances as part of our three branches of government at the State level just like we have at the Federal level. An individual Delegate alone cannot make a bill become law without the cooperation of other Delegates, the Senate, and the Governor.
Constituents determine who they want to represent them in the House of Delegates, and the Delegate serves on behalf of the approximately 80,000 constituents they represent.
The most powerful, and important, office in a Democracy is the office of citizen. Citizens have the power to enact change in their laws, and to change their representation at all levels of Government if they so choose, and to run for office as well.