COVID-19 kills Virginia State Senator

COVID-19 kills Virginia State Senator, Ben Chafin, 60, his office announced Friday. The Virginia State Senator died from complications related to COVID-19. Ben Chafin represented the state’s 38th district for the past six years.

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“The family of Senator Chafin thank the VCU Medical Center in Richmond for its vigorous care and heartfelt support during his two weeks of medical services there,” his office said in a statement, according to CBS’ Richmond affiliate station, WTVR-TV.

Northam wrote in a statement that “Southwest Virginia has lost a strong advocate — and we have all lost a good man.” COVID-19 kills Virginia State Senator, Ben Chafin.

“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,” the governor said. “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.”

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Fellow lawmakers expressed their condolences following news of Chafin’s passing Friday, with state Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. saying, “Ben Chafin has left us a legacy of the best in public service,” according to WTVR.

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