Putney Evolved Just As Virginia Did - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Putney Evolved Just As Virginia Did

Posted: Updated:

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - When Del. Lacey Putney announced he was leaving the House after the longest tenure of any Virginia legislator, it hailed the sunset of a remarkable career that reflected the state's political and societal evolution.
 
The conservative independent from Bedford likely makes his final House floor appearance Wednesday in a one-day reconvened session to consider gubernatorial amendments and vetoes. This, his 52nd session, will be his last.
 
Putney was elected in the first year of John Kennedy's presidency as part of a Virginia Democratic Party still rich with segregationists. He parted with the party in 1967 and became an independent.
 
In that span, rural Virginia became largely suburban. Republicans took the House from the Democrats. Virginia was first to elect a black governor.
 
And Putney evolved with Virginia.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Skybox Giveaway - August 11

    Skybox Giveaway - August 11

    Win a SkyBox for you and 24 of your closest family and friends!More >>
    Win a SkyBox for you and 24 of your closest family and friends!
    More >>
  • Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Thursday, June 26 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-06-26 11:57:18 GMT
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.