Owen Pickett, 80, served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1972 to 1986 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2001. In addition to Mark Warner’s statement (below), Gov. McDonnell called Pickett a “patriot” whose “passion” was “service.” Also, Rep. Glenn Nye said that “Owen represented the very best of our community” and that he “drew praise from both sides of the aisle in Congress.” Sen. Majority Leader Richard Saslaw called Pickett a “straight shooter” and “a real smart guy.”
Statement of U. S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA)
-on the death of former Congressman Owen Pickett-
“I have known and respected Owen Pickett for more than 20 years. The Congressman was a tireless advocate for our nation’s military and our military families, and he was a committed public servant representing the Hampton Roads region for more than three decades.
He set an excellent example as an elected official who consistently worked in a bipartisan way, both in the state legislature and in Congress, to do what was best for the Commonwealth and our nation.
I join his colleagues, friends and family in mourning his passing and honoring Congressman Pickett’s lifetime of public service.”
Our condolences to Rep. Pickett’s friends and family.