Richmond, Va, 3 JuLy 2012: Leaders of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus today mourned the passing of Senator Yvonne B. Miller (D-Norfolk). Senator Miller was the first African-American woman to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates and the first to serve in Senate of Virginia. She was also the Senate’s longest serving woman, as well as the first woman to serve as Chairman of a Senate standing committee.
“Senator Miller was an authentic trailblazer who maintained a fiery spirit throughout her life, making her an extraordinarily effective advocate for the citizens she represented,” noted Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City). “Courageously, she continued to work tirelessly on behalf of her constituents and fought relentlessly for the principles she so deeply held.
“When I first came to the Senate over twenty years ago, Senator Miller had already completed her first term. I have spent my entire Senate career serving with her and it is hard to imagine a Senate of Virginia without Yvonne Miller. My prayers go out to her family and to the people of Hampton Roads she served with great distinction for three decades.”
“For Senator Miller, public service was not a career but a mission,” remarked Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover). “During sessions, she was passionate and indefatigable when taking on a cause. And, her causes invariably put the people of her district first.
“It is a rare privilege to serve with someone whose legislative career marked so many firsts. Considering the amount of energy and sincerity she exuded, Senator Miller’s passing is a great loss for her family, her constituents, and the people of Virginia.”