Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell congratulated Ben Chafin on his election to the Senate of Virginia Tuesday, and welcomed Rip Sullivan and Joe Lindsey to the House of Delegates after their victories in House Districts 48 and 90, respectively.
“Congratulations to Ben and his entire team for a well-deserved and hard-fought victory in today’s special election,” said Speaker Howell. “During his short time in the House of Delegates, Ben has proven to be a thoughtful and capable legislator who can solve problems for the people of Southwest Virginia.”
Chafin was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2013, following retiring Delegate Joe Johnson.
“While we will miss Ben in the House, it is fortunate that a man with such a steadfast commitment to conservative principles will serve as the decisive twenty-first vote in the Virginia Senate. Again, congratulations to Ben, his family, and his campaign team, as well as Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment and the Senate Republican caucus, on today’s victory.”
Rip Sullivan was elected to fill the seat of retiring Delegate Bob Brink, and Joe Lindsey won the special election to fill the seat of Delegate Algie Howell.
“Congratulations to Rip Sullivan and Joe Lindsey on their victories in House Districts 48 and 90. I want to thank them both for their willingness and commitment to serve the people of Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Speaker Howell. “Being elected to the House of Delegates is a distinct honor and privilege. I look forward to working with them both in the future. I also want to thank Dave Foster and Marcus Calabrese for their hard-fought campaigns. They’re willingness to step up and run for office is a great example of the strength of representative democracy. On behalf of the entire House of Delegates, I congratulate Rip and Joe and welcome them to this distinguished body.
“Finally, I want to thank all of the election workers and volunteers for their time and energy today; it is greatly appreciated,” said Speaker Howell.