Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell issued the following statement Wednesday on the retirement of Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins.
“Republicans across Virginia owe Pat Mullins a debt of gratitude for his passionate and tireless dedication to our party and the principles in which we believe.
“He has ably served our party at many levels. As Chairman, he brought stability and consistency when we needed it most and has guided our party and candidates to success throughout his tenure. Pat has been one of the fiercest advocates for and an unwavering ally of Republicans in the House of Delegates. His support played a significant role in building the 68-member Republican majority we hold today.
“I’ve known Pat for a long time and consider him a great friend. Pat often says loudly what many of us are thinking quietly, especially when it comes to the media. We will miss his candor and sense of humor. On behalf of the entire House Republican Caucus, thank you to Pat for his service and best wishes in the years ahead.”