Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Breaking: State Senator Yvonne B. Miller has passed away

From the U.S. Senate campaign of Tim Kaine:
Richmond, VA - Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the death of Virginia Senator Yvonne B. Miller:

“Anne and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Yvonne Miller. Yvonne was a trailblazer, a strong voice for education and equality, and a dear friend. She was raised in a Virginia that looks very different than the one she leaves behind, thanks in no small part to her career in education and public service. Her legacy will live on in the hundreds of lives she touched during a career that began in Virginia’s segregated schools and spanned more than four decades.

“Yvonne will also be remembered as a woman who broke down barriers in Virginia politics, becoming the first African American woman to serve in the House of Delegates, the first African American woman elected to the Senate of Virginia and the first woman to chair a Senate committee. For more than two decades, Yvonne represented Hampton Roads with enthusiasm and pride. Our thoughts and prayers are with Yvonne’s family, her friends, her constituents, and her colleagues on this sad day.”
Senator Miller died in Norfolk today, one day shy of her 78th birthday.

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