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On the death of Richard J. Davis, Jr.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 28, 2000
Agreed to by the Senate, February 3, 2000

WHEREAS, Richard J. Davis, Jr., former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, died on March 4, 1999, at the age of 77; and

WHEREAS, born in Portsmouth in 1921 to a prominent local attorney, Dick Davis attended The College of William and Mary in Virginia, entered the Marine Corps, and fought in the Pacific during World War II; and

WHEREAS, after World War II, Davis attended law school at the University of Virginia and entered practice with his childhood friend, William Spong, who later became a United States Senator; and

WHEREAS, Dick Davis entered politics in 1974 at the age of 53 by running for and being elected to the Portsmouth City Council, from which he was elected Mayor; and

WHEREAS, in 1979 Dick Davis became Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia and devoted himself to its reorganization, resulting two years later in a Democratic sweep of the state’s top three offices for the first time in 16 years; and

WHEREAS, after serving as Lieutenant Governor with Governor Charles S. Robb’s administration, Dick Davis continued his party-building activities that contributed to the election of Gerald Baliles and Douglas Wilder to the Governor’s seat; and was appointed by Governor Baliles as the Director of the Virginia Department of World Trade; and

WHEREAS, Dick Davis contributed his considerable skill and devotion in service to his country, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the City of Portsmouth; leaving the state richer for his contributions but poorer for his death; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly mourn the loss of a singularly dedicated, distinguished and accomplished Virginian, Richard J. Davis, Jr.; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Richard J. Davis, Jr., as an expression of the General Assembly’s deepest condolences and great respect for his memory.

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