Virginia's 49th House of Delegates district

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District map from the 2023 election

Virginia's 49th House of Delegates district elects one of the 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates, the lower house of the state's bicameral legislature. The 49th district covers parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties in northern Virginia.[1]

The seat is held by Democrat Alfonso H. Lopez.[2]



In 2019, incumbent Democrat Alfonso Lopez defeated a primary challenge from JD Spain, president of the Arlington NAACP chapter.[3] Lopez won the general election with 83% of the vote.[4]


Lopez faces another primary challenge, from preschool teacher Karishma Mehta.[5] Mehta has been endorsed by Democracy for America[6] and Democratic Socialists of America.[7]

List of delegates[edit]

Delegate Party Years Electoral history
Adam Ebbin Democratic January 14, 2004 –
January 11, 2012
Retired to run for Virginia's 30th Senate district.
Alfonso H. Lopez Democratic January 11, 2012 –
First elected in 2011


  1. ^ House of Delegates District 49 map at
  2. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates Member Listings – Delegate Alfonso H. Lopez". Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Arlington NAACP President Launches Primary Bid Against Lopez". ARLNow. January 10, 2019. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Virginia Elections Database » Candidate Profile..." Virginia Elections Database. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "Del. Lopez to Get Primary Challenger in 2021". ARLNow. October 15, 2020. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  6. ^ Democracy for America (May 27, 2021). "Endorsement alert We're thrilled to be endorsing 6 amazing, progressive candidates for Delegate in Virginia ahead of the June 8th primary". Twitter. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  7. ^ Democratic Socialists of America (April 16, 2021). ".@karishma4va is a preschool teacher who saw the daily struggles that her family & students faced w/ healthcare, school lunch debt, & rent". Retrieved May 27, 2021.