Bedford's Lacey Putney, longest serving legislator dies at 89

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, center, congratulates committee chief of staff, Robert Vaughan, left, as the receive a round of applause for their work on the floor of the House at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. The unanimously approved the budget report. (Steve Helber/The Associated Press)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Honorable Lacey E. Putney has passed away at the age of 89.

Putney is the longest serving member of Virginia's General Assembly; according to a statement issued by House Speaker William J. Howell, Putney passed away Saturday.

“Throughout his 52 years in the House, Lacey came to embody what this institution stands for: productive public service, individual integrity, sound stewardship and so much more. He was dedicated to the legislature as a vital and necessary institution within state government, possessed an independent voice and always acquitted himself as a wise and effective legislator. He showed compassion for all with a caring and soft heart, was a man of action and responded to all his constituents with unconditional resolve exemplifying all that a true “citizen legislator” can and should be.

Putney served the 19th House District which included the counties of Alleghany, Bedford, Botetourt, Franklin and Rockbridge and the cities of Bedford, Buena Vista, Covington and Lexington.

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