**FILE** Sen. Ralph S. Northam, D-Norfolk during the floor session of the Senate in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Photo by: BOB BROWN

**FILE** Sen. Ralph S. Northam, D-Norfolk during the floor session of the Senate in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).