RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. — Virginia State Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon) has died from issues from COVID-19, the senator’s workplace confirmed Friday evening.
“The household of Senator Chafin thank the VCU Medical Middle in Richmond for its vigorous care and heartfelt assist throughout his two weeks of medical companies there,” stated his workplace in a press release.
Chafin was 60 years previous.
Senator Chafin has represented the 38th district for the previous 6 years.
Governor Ralph Northam has launched the next assertion:
“With the passing of Senator Ben Chafin, Southwest Virginia has misplaced a robust advocate—and now we have all misplaced a superb man.”
“I knew Ben as a lawmaker, an legal professional, a banker, and a farmer elevating beef cattle in Moccasin Valley, working the land simply as generations of his household had performed earlier than him. He liked the outside, and he liked serving folks much more. He pushed arduous to convey jobs and funding to his district, and I’ll all the time be pleased about his brave vote to develop well being look after individuals who want it.”
Northam has ordered the state flag to be lowered to half-staff till sundown on the day of his interment.
Virginia Senate Republicans remembered Chafin as a group chief with an “infectious smile and gregarious method” in addition to a “devoted colleague who exemplified the very best in public service.”
“Ben Chafin has left us a legacy of the very best in public service. He served to make sure that his area and group, and the folks he liked, would by no means be forgotten,” Senate Republican Chief Thomas Okay. Norment Jr. (R-James Metropolis) stated. “Could we cherish his reminiscence by emulating his dedication and dedication.”
Chafin is survived by his spouse of 38 years, Lora, three youngsters and his mom and sister.
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