| George P. Beard, Jr.|
Terry L. Austin
| Willard R. Finney|
| Lacey Edward Putney|
June 27, 1928 (age 87)
Big Island, Virginia, U.S. (1928 -06-27)
Bedford, Virginia, United States
Washington and Lee University School of Law, Washington and Lee University
United States Air Force
Charles E. Green, Jr.
Lacey Edward Putney (June 27, 1928 – August 26, 2017) was an American politician. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from January 1962 until January 2014, making him the longest-serving member in the history of the Virginia General Assembly.
Putney, a lawyer from Bedford, Virginia, was first elected as a Democrat in 1961. He left that party later in the decade and began running as an independent, although he caucused with the Republicans from 1998.
Putney announced in March 2013 that he would not run for reelection in 2013.
In June 2002 Republican House Speaker S. Vance Wilkins, Jr. resigned following revelations that he had paid a staffer to keep quiet about "unwanted sexual advances". Putney, then Chair of the Privileges and Elections committee, served as Acting Speaker until the following session in January 2003, when Republican William J. Howell was elected as Speaker.
As Chair of the Privileges and Elections Committee, Putney blocked numerous electoral reform bills, including the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and bills to introduce Instant Runoff Voting on a test basis. He then chaired the powerful Appropriations Committee.
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