The House of Delegates consists of 100 members. Each member represents approximately 80,000 citizens. The term of office for a member of the House of Delegates is two years. Each member receives an annual salary of $17,640. The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the House and is elected by the House in even-numbered years for a two-year term. The Speaker's duties are dictated by the Rules of the House. Among these duties are the assigning of bills to committee and appointing the membership of the 14 House standing committees.
The Clerk of the House is elected by the House in even-numbered years and continues in office until another is chosen. The Clerk is responsible for the administration of the House under the direction of the Speaker.