Newport News, Va., – Newport News Councilwoman Dr. Patricia Woodbury has been elected to a leadership position with the Virginia Municipal League (VML). Dr. Woodbury was elected chair of the statewide association’s Urban Section during the VML Annual Conference in Williamsburg on September 25th. She will serve a one-year term in the position and sit on the 13-member VML Executive Committee. The Executive Committee provides overall guidance to the league staff.

“I am honored to have been elected as Chair of the Virginia Municipal League Urban Section and member of the VML Executive Committee,” said Dr. Woodbury. “This is an honor for Newport News and our citizens. I look forward to being a part of the VML team to address the concerns of the residents of the cities and counties in our wonderful State of Virginia.”

In addition to serving on the VML Executive Committee, Dr. Woodbury also serves on the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads and the Virginia Transit Association. She has previously served on the Newport News School Board, Sister Cities of Newport News Board of Directors, WHRO Board of Directors, and the Virginia Living Museum Board of Trustees. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Woodbury earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Longwood College, a master’s degree in School Psychology from the College of William & Mary, and a doctorate in Counseling/School Psychology from the College of William & Mary. Dr. Woodbury has been a member of the Newport News City Council since 2008.

About the Virginia Municipal League

The Virginia Municipal League is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town and county governments established in 1905 to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services. The membership includes all 39 cities in the state, 159 towns and 10 counties. The Urban Section of the league is comprised of member local governments in communities with a population of more than 35,000. Visit their website at