Angelia Williams Graves was elected to represent the residents of the 90th District in the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia in a special election on Jan. 5, 2021. She previously served as a member of the Norfolk City Council for 10 years. She also served as the city’s Vice Mayor from 2013-2016. As a member of council she served as the Chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for the St. Paul’s Quadrant revitalization project and as the Co-Chair of the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee. Councilwoman Graves was also city representative for the National League of Cities and served as the 2nd Vice-President of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO).
As a member of the House of Delegates, Angelia serves on the committees of Public Safety, Counties, Cities and Towns (CC&T), and Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACNR). She serves in the subcommittees of Agriculture & Natural Resources (both from ACNR), and the Land Use Subcommittees (CC&T).
Angelia was born and raised in Norfolk, attended St. Mary’s Academy and is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. She graduated from Tidewater Community College and from Old Dominion University with degrees in Business Administration and Marketing. She also graduated from the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and the Alpha School of Real Estate. Angelia is the Principal Broker and Owner of Homes by Angelia Realty Company.
Angelia is a member of Grove Baptist Church, where she serves as a Trio Leader on the Altar Ministry, and is a member of the Norfolk Democratic Committee. She is married to Tommy Graves, owner of Graves Funeral Home and has two bonus sons. Her mission in life is: “To love, lead, and inspire with integrity and authenticity, to the glory of God."