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Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr. (R-SD38), Who Died From “Complications From COVID-19”


Sad news from Gov. Ralph Northam’s office (see press release, below); State Senator Ben Chafin (R-SD38) has died from “from complications from COVID-19, the senator’s office confirmed Friday night.” Chafin, who was 60 years old, “succeeded Democrat Phillip Puckett, who resigned his seat following the 2014 General Assembly regular session. Previously, Chafin had represented the Fourth District in the Virginia House of Delegates, to which he was elected without opposition in November 2013, succeeding conservative Democrat Joseph P. Johnson.” Condolences to Sen. Chafin’s family…

Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr.

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr.

“With the passing of Senator Ben Chafin, Southwest Virginia has lost a strong advocate—and we have all lost a good man.

“I knew Ben as a lawmaker, an attorney, a banker, and a farmer raising beef cattle in Moccasin Valley, working the land just as generations of his family had done before him. He loved the outdoors, and he loved serving people even more. He pushed hard to bring jobs and investment to his district, and I will always be grateful for his courageous vote to expand health care for people who need it.

“Pam and I are praying for Lora and their children, and I have ordered the Virginia state flag to be lowered immediately in his honor and remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment.

“This is sad news to begin a new year with the loss of a kind and gracious man. May we all recommit to taking extra steps to care for one another.”


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