Del. Watkins M. Abbitt Jr. of Appomattox, one of two independents in the House of Delegates, is retiring after 25 years in the General Assembly.
Abbitt, 66, is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and serves as chairman of its general government subcommittee. He also is a member of the General Laws and Rules committees.
He represents the sprawling 59th District composed of Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland and Nelson counties and parties of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Prince Edward counties.
Abbitt is the son of the late Rep. Watkins M. Abbitt Sr., who served in Congress from 1948-73. He owns an insurance agency and a realty firm in Appomattox.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell praised Abbitt as “a public servant with keen political instincts” and “a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and restraint” with a special interest in wildlife and conservation issues.