Friday, July 18, 2008

Gov. Kaine Statement Regarding Sen. Joseph Gartlan

In addition to ordering the state's flages to be flown at half staff, Gov. Tim Kaine issued the following statement about the death of former state Sen. Joseph Gartlan, Jr.
“Senator Gartlan was a true statesman. He wore his heart on his sleeve when it came to issues of social and economic justice,” said Governor Kaine. “He was a tireless and effective advocate for the environment, the mentally and physically disabled, and for abused and neglected children. He spearheaded efforts for funding natural resources and human service programs during his almost three decades of public service. His role was critical in galvanizing the regional efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

“He earned the respect of both parties for his intellect, integrity, and force of will. Over the years, he served as chairman of three Senate committees – Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, and Rehabilitation and Social Services. He also was a bold and active member of the Senate Finance committee, where he chaired the human services subcommittee.

“This is a sad day for Virginia, and our hearts are with Senator Gartlan’s family and many friends.”
Sen. Gartlan represented the 36th senatorial district from 1972 to 2000 and was an excellent addition to the General Assembly. He will be missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

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