Former Virginia Congressman Owen Pickett passed away the evening of October 27th. He was eighty years old.
Pickett, a Democrat, served as the 2nd Congressional Representative from 1987 to 2001, and was well known for a brand of politics that defied partisan lines which won him continuous support in a district often described as conservative.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Owen Picket served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1972 to 1986.
Congressman Glenn Nye, who’s approach to his congressional service has often been compared to Pickett’s, released the following statement.
“I was incredibly saddened to hear the news that Owen Pickett had passed away; it is a sad day for our whole community. Owen served the Second District, the Commonwealth, and his country with distinction for years. He was a remarkable Congressman; someone I looked to as a mentor, a role model, and a friend. Owen always put Hampton Roads first. He stayed out of the partisan bickering that so many politicians fall prey to and instead focusing his energy on how best to serve the people he represented. I will always admire Owen’s dedication to our men and women in uniform–recognizing their invaluable contribution to our country and Hampton Roads. Owen’s service to our community will long be remembered. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”