Former Del. Lacey Putney of Bedford received yet another accolade in the General Assembly Wednesday, in the form of a resolution sponsored by every delegate and senator.
Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford County, presented the framed resolution to Putney and his wife, Carmela, during a brief ceremony on the House of Delegates floor where Putney represented Bedford-area residents for 52 years. He is Virginia's longest-serving legislator.
Accolades have poured in for retiring Del. Lacey Putney, whose 52 years in the House of Delegates set a mark that, in the words of Gov. Bob McDonnell, “will not likely be replicated.”
Four former governors joined Putney and McDonnell on a Richmond stage in August to make similar remarks about the “lion of Bedford County,” who worked with 12 occupants of the state’s executive mansion and is The News & Advance’s 2013 Person of the Year.
He has been honored by his colleagues in the House of Delegates, by all nine of Virginia's living governors, and by friends and neighbors in his native Bedford County.
But as he winds down the longest tenure in the history of the Virginia General Assembly, Del. Lacey Putney still struggles to put his 52-year political career in perspective.
Gov. Bob McDonnell reminded Bedford County business leaders Wednesday night that Del. Lacey Putney capped his 52 years of General Assembly service by guiding the governor’s state budget through the Great Recession and coming out with surpluses each of the past four years.
Voters in Virginia’s 19th House District on Tuesday decided to send Terry Austin to Richmond, marking the first time in more than half a century that they will have new representation.
Republican Austin handily won the district, having captured 70 percent of the vote with all but a few small precincts left to report.
Two veteran campaigners with very different track records are running to replace a giant in Virginia’s 19th House of Delegates district.
Republican Terry Austin of Buchanan decided to run for the House after serving 16 years on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors.
Nine Virginia governors — five in person, four on video — paid tribute Tuesday night to Del. Lacey E. Putney, I-Bedford, who is retiring after 52 years in the legislature.
Putney, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and a bridge to Virginia’s political past, was honored during an event at Richmond CenterStage.
“I feel pretty good about it,” Austin said about securing the Republican nomination for the 19th House of Delegates district. He made a particularly strong showing in Botetourt County.
Austin is a Botetourt native — he’s lived his entire life in Buchanan — and has run Austin Electrical Construction for 35 years.
Bedford County businessman Lewis Medlin announced Tuesday that he will seek the Democratic nomination to represent the 19th District in the House of Delegates.
Medlin hopes to fill the seat that will soon be left vacant when Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, retires after more than 50 years in the legislature.
The busiest travelers among the Lynchburg area’s delegation to the General Assembly are Dels. Kathy Byron and Lacey Putney, according to personal finance statements they reported during the past three years.
Byron also said she took a trip to Taiwan, sponsored by its cultural office, that she didn’t report because Virginia taxpayers didn’t pay for it.