Sunday, November 29, 2009

Governor-elect Bob McDonnell on the passing of former Speaker of the House

RICHMOND- Virginia Governor-elect Bob McDonnell issued the following statement Sunday afternoon following news of the passing yesterday of former Virginia House of Delegates Speaker John Warren Cooke at his home in Mathews. He was 94.

“John Warren Cooke was a son of Virginia. As a public servant, newspaperman and private citizen he was warmly regarded by those who worked with him in his many pursuits and capacities. The child of an Episcopal priest who served under General Robert E. Lee, The Richmond Times-Dispatch appropriately notes that Cooke ‘had a foot in three centuries.’ During his time as Speaker he sought to include members of the opposite party and those with differing political viewpoints. He was an ardent proponent of greater transparency in the General Assembly. His life was long and productive, and he contributed greatly to his community and our Commonwealth. Our thoughts and prayers are with Speaker Cooke’s family, and his many friends, in this difficult time.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Politics, State Politics

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