Eva Fleming Scott
In 1979 Eva Mae Fleming Scott became the first woman elected to the Virginia Senate. Scott’s story illustrates the Republican Party’s gradual rise across Virginia after World War II. Hailing from a GOP family when such things were rare outside of southwest Virginia, she opened her own pharmacy before entering politics. During her 12 years in the General Assembly as both an independent delegate and then a Republican senator, she became known for her conservatism and her friendships on both sides of the aisle.
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