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Delegate Ronnie Campbell, R-Rockbridge, dies of cancer

Ronnie Campbell

Del Virginia An notice on her social media sites on Tuesday revealed that Ronnie R. Campbell, a former state police officer who joined the conservative side of the General Assembly after winning election in 2018, had passed away. The 68-year-old Rockbridge County Republican was receiving cancer treatment.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) of Virginia joined a chorus of mourners in a statement that said, “He cared strongly about his community, the Commonwealth, law enforcement, and most importantly, his wife, Ellen, and their family.”
Youngkin on Tuesday ordered flags on all state and local buildings to be flown at half-mast until nightfall Wednesday.

House Speaker Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) said in a statement Campbell was still working hard even during the worst stages of his cancer.

“Just hours before his death, he was busy making sure that the legislation he had prepared for the next session would not disappear if for some reason he could not be with us,” Gilbert said.

Campbell passed away from Monday night through Tuesday morning, according to a Gilbert spokesperson. Rich Anderson, the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, stated in a statement on Tuesday that “He was the definition of hard work and dedication.” Anderson also said that “He was a selfless public servant and a leader of perfect calibre.”

Campbell, who served as a supervisor and member of the Rockbridge County School Board before entering the House of Delegates, has focused primarily on law enforcement and gun control issues during his tenure. four-year term. In 2019, he promoted a law that would require anyone found guilty of breaking a local ordinance, which can also be considered a felony, to submit DNA samples, which will be stored in a criminal database in the city. ‘State.

The following year, Campbell tried unsuccessfully to allow police departments to declare high blood pressure or heart disease as work-related illnesses eligible for workers’ compensation. Another unsuccessful bill this year would have made local gun control ordinances unconstitutional.

Delegate Ronnie Campbell passes away following battle with cancer

Source: WTKR

In January 2021, Campbell and two other Republican delegates – David A. Mark Cole of LaRock and Spotsylvania County – asked Vice President Mike Pence to void the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, in a letter sent the day before the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol.

Then-Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) responded by stripping Campbell and the other two Republicans of a committee seat on the first day of that year’s General Assembly. Campbell responded that Filler-Corn acted “arbitrarily” and added that she signed the letter as part of her “sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of Virginia.”

On Tuesday, Virginia Democrats, including House Minority Leader Don L. Scott Jr. of Portsmouth, joined Republicans in offering condolences to Campbell’s family and constituents. “He was a good and kind man and an advocate for workers. He will be sorely missed,” Del. Elizabeth R. Guzman (D-Prince William) tweeted and ended her comment with a heart emoji.

Delete Marcus B. Simon (D-Fairfax) said in a tweet, “While we didn’t always agree on issues, I respected his dedication and commitment to the people of Virginia.”

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