According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch the House Republican caucus will vote later this week to promote the current House Majority leader Kirkland Cox to Speaker of the House of Delegates beginning in 2018. From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
Cox, a Petersburg native and former government teacher at Chesterfield County’s Manchester High School, has amassed “overwhelming” support among the caucus over the last several weeks, the sources said.
Cox’s closest competitor, Del. Terry G. Kilgore, R-Scott, said Monday that he will not seek the speaker’s gavel.
The caucus is scheduled to vote on Wednesday to show their unity behind the new Speaker after Bill Howell announced he will not run again for Speaker of the House of Delegates.