A 28-year veteran of the Virginia Senate, Joseph V. Gartlan Jr. is dead at the age of 82.
The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Sen. Gartlan died overnight. In a statement, Gov. Kaine said of Sen. Gartlan, “He was a tireless and effective advocate for the environment, the mentally and physically disabled, and for abused and neglected children.” Kaine said the Democrat “earned the respect of both parties for his intellect, integrity, and force of will.”
By Peter Vieth