RICHMOND, VA, 19 FEBRUARY 2018: The Virginia Senate Republican Caucus tonight mourned the passing of former Senator Harry B. Blevins of Chesapeake. Senator Blevins represented the 14th Senatorial District from 2001 to 2013 and the 78th House of Delegates District from 1997 to 2001.
“Senator Blevins was one of the most liked and most respected members of the Senate of Virginia throughout his service,” said Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City). “Soft-spoken, smart, and with invaluable experience as a lifelong educator, he was an effective and beloved member of the Senate.
“With the punctuality and steadfastness you would expect of someone who had served as a school principal, Senator Blevins had an innate friendliness and easy smile that made him immensely popular on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers.”
“It was my distinct honor to succeed Harry Blevins in both the House of Delegates and the Senate,” noted Senator John A. Cosgrove, Jr. (R-Chesapeake). “He was beloved by the people of Chesapeake, who held a deep trust in him. That trust was well-placed, and Harry never let them down. He was a true Virginia statesman.
“He was also a close personal friend and colleague. When I followed Harry in the House, we worked frequently on behalf of Chesapeake. He was an effective legislator who always took the time to offer advice, counsel, and support.
“I, and the people of Chesapeake, have lost a dear friend.”
Senator Norment concluded, “On behalf of the entire Virginia Senate Republican Caucus, we offer our condolences and prayers to Harry’s widow, Margie, the entire Blevins family, and the people of Chesapeake, to whom he devoted his life.”