The current version of the Constitution of Virginia—the seventh in the commonwealth's long and proud history—became effective at noon on July 1, 1971. It replaced a regressive constitution that had been in place since 1902 and marked an important step forward for all Virginians. More than a blueprint for state government, it reflects our values as a commonwealth.
This page provides links to resources to learn more about the Constitution of 1971 and the ongoing role that it plays in the lives of all Virginians, as well as a listing of programs and events across the state commemorating the constitution's 50th anniversary.
Join us in celebrating the golden anniversary of Virginia's current constitution, and its advances in areas such as civil rights, local government, education, and environmental conservation. We invite you to engage in the conversation about how our constitution can help Virginians address the challenges of the 21st century.
Linked with the button below is a brief overview of the history of the Virginia Constitution from 1776—1971.