Rozia Henson

Virginia House of Delegates

Spotlight Candidate

Rozia will be the first out gay Black man elected to the Virginia legislature!

  • A historic victory 
  • Dedicated to serving his community
  • A grassroots organizer  

A historic victory 

The Virginia state legislature has had out LGBTQ+ representation since 2004 with the election of Sen. Adam Ebbin and Del. Mark Sickles. Although there has been out LGBTQ+ representation, and currently there are five state legislators fighting for the rights of LGBTQ+ Virginians, there has not been an out Black gay man elected to the state legislature. If elected, Rozia will make history as the first Black out gay man elected to the Virginia state legislature, building the coalition of LGBTQ+ elected officials fighting Gov. Youngkin’s constant stream of attacks on LGBTQ+ people. 

Dedicated to serving his community 

Rozia maintains a strong commitment to serving his community. His dedication comes from learning from his parents, specifically his mother, who served in the US Army. His parents also became foster parents to three children, sowing the seeds of community service in Rozia’s mind as a child. His parents’ teachings motivated him to serve as a Legislative Aide in 2014 to Senator Henry L. Marsh, the first elected African American Mayor of Richmond. 

A grassroots organizer 

Rozia is a community leader, activist, and grassroots organizer. As the Chair of the Woodbridge Democratic Committee of the Prince William County Democratic Party, he has launched multiple canvasses for Democratic candidates, determined to organize his community so that they will exercise their right to vote. In 2021, Rozia was elected as Senior Vice Chair of the Prince William County Democratic Committee and Vice President of the Prince William Young Democrats where he has managed a group of enthusiastic young voters. Currently, Rozia serves on the Woodbridge Historical Commission after being appointed by the Woodbridge District Supervisor.