RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The longest tenured member of the Virginia General Assembly was honored Wednesday at the State Capitol. Earlier this year Del. Lacey Putney (I – Bedford) announced he was stepping down after 52 years of public service and would not seek re-election.
“Delegate Lacey Putney has been a fixture in Virginia politics for more than five decades, and has served the citizens of Bedford County with dedication, focus and selflessness since he entered the legislature in 1961,” Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “A true Virginia statesman, Lacey’s independent perspective and distinctive voice have provided insight into debates for scores of Virginia’s historic legislative decisions.”
The 84-year-old lawmaker chaired of the House Appropriations Committee. In a statement Del. Lacey said he planned to serve the remainder of his nine-month term.
Congrats to my friend Lacey Putney for an amazing career. While on different sides politically, I've long admired his energy & civility—
Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) March 28, 2013
Among all retirees, Del. Lacey Putney's departure is historic. He served 52 years w/ 10 US Presidents, 14 VA Governors and 6 House Speakers.—
Mark L. Keam (@MarkKeam) April 03, 2013