Jan. 11, 2018: Virginia Del. Kirk Cox, Colonial Heights Republican, was appointed as the next Virginia State House of Delegates Speaker yesterday, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. House Delegates appointed Cox in a 98-0 vote, with no vocal opposition. A former government teacher and sports coach who has worked in the House since 1989, Cox succeeds former Speaker William J. Howell, Stafford Republican, who announced his retirement in 2017. House Clerk G. Paul Nardo, a former Chief of Staff for Howell, was re-appointed to that position.