By The Associated Press

Three African-American lawmakers in Virginia are expected to lead powerful legislative committees next year in the state House of Delegates. Black legislators haven’t led a House committee in two decades.

Democratic Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, who is set to be the next House speaker, announced the heads of four legislative committees Nov. 14. Three of the four are African-American.

Virginia State Capitol. (Courtesy Photo: Skip Plitt/Wikimedia Commons)

They are Del. Luke Torian, who will lead the House Appropriations Committee; Del. Jeion Ward, who will lead the House Commerce and Labor Committee; and Del. Roslyn Tyler, who will lead the House Education Committee.

Democrats flipped control of the Virginia’s General Assembly in legislative elections earlier this month.