Flags Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Gartlan

Posted: July 21, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine ordered the state’s flags flown at half-staff to honor the former state senator, Joseph V. Gartlan Jr., who died July 18 at the age of 82.

Gartlan, a Democrat, represented the 36th senatorial district from 1972 to 2000.

“Senator Gartlan was a true statesman,” Kaine said in a statement. “He wore his heart on his sleeve when it came to issues of social and economic justice. He was a tireless and effective advocate for the environment, the mentally and physically disabled and for abused and neglected children. He spearheaded efforts for funding natural resources and human service programs during his almost three decades of public service. His role was critical in galvanizing the regional efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

“He earned the respect of both parties for his intellect, integrity and force of will. Over the years, he served as chairman of three Senate committees – Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, and Rehabilitation and Social Services. He also was a bold and active member of the Senate Finance committee, where he chaired the Human Services Subcommittee.

“This is a sad day for Virginia, and our hearts are with Senator Gartlan’s family and many friends.”

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