Senator Chafin dies of COVID-19 complications

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Gov. Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr.

“With the passing of Senator Ben Chafin, Southwest Virginia has lost a strong advocate—and we have all lost a good man.


“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.

He loved the outdoors, and he loved serving people even more.

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.

I have ordered the Virginia state flag to be lowered immediately in his honor and remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment.

The Virginia Senator A. Benton Chafin Jr. passed away from COVID-19 complications last night at the age of 60.

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