Virginia State Senator dies of COVID-19 complications

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Virginia state Sen. Ben Chafin (R) has died due to complications from COVID-19, his office announced on Friday. Chafin, 60, represented the state’s 38th district for the past six years.

Sen. Ben Chafin (via social media)
Sen. Ben Chafin (via social media)

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus confirmed Chafin’s death.

“The family of Senator Chafin thank the VCU Medical Center in Richmond for its vigorous care and heartfelt support during his two weeks of medical services there,” Chafin’s office said in a statement according to The Hill.

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Northam, who has reportedly ordered the state flag to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of Chafin’s interment wrote in a statement, “Southwest Virginia has lost a strong advocate — and we have all lost a good man.”

“I knew Ben as a lawmaker, an attorney, a banker, and a farmer raising beef cattle in Moccasin Valley, working the land just as generations of his family had done before him,” the governor continued. “He pushed hard to bring jobs and investment to his district, and I will always be grateful for his courageous vote to expand health care for people who need it.”

Senate Republican Leader Thomas Norment Jr. expressed his condolences saying, “Ben Chafin has left us a legacy of the best in public service.”

Since the start of the pandemic, numerous Republican lawmakers, many whom attended super spreader events at the White House, contracted COVID-19.

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The news of Chafin’s death comes just days after Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R) died of COVID-19 complications. The Hill reported that Letlow, 41, was the former chief of staff of retiring Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), and was scheduled to succeed him in office.

Letlow suffered a heart attack on Dec. 23 following a procedure related to the coronavirus.

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