Lacey E. Putney

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Lacey E. Putney
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 19th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 8, 2014
Preceded by George P. Beard, Jr.
Succeeded by Terry L. Austin
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 9th district
In office
January 12, 1972 – January 12, 1983
Succeeded by Willard R. Finney
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 11th district
In office
January 10, 1962 – January 12, 1972
Preceded by Charles E. Green, Jr.
Personal details
Born ( 1928 -06-27) June 27, 1928 (age 86)
Big Island, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Independent
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (1962-1968)
Spouse(s) Carmela C. Bills
Children Susan Powers
L. Edward Putney, Jr.
Residence Bedford, Virginia
Alma mater Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Profession Lawyer
Religion Baptist
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1950–1954
Battles/wars Korean War

Lacey Edward Putney (born June 27, 1928) is an American politician. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from January 1962 until January 2014, making him the longest-serving member in the history of the Virginia General Assembly.

Putney, a lawyer from Bedford, Virginia, was first elected as a Democrat in 1961. He left that party later in the decade and has run as an independent since, although he caucused with the Republicans since 1998.[1]

Putney announced in March 2013 that he would not run for reelection in 2013.[2]

Acting Speaker[edit]

In June 2002 Republican House Speaker S. Vance Wilkins, Jr. resigned following revelations that he had paid a staffer to keep quiet about "unwanted sexual advances".[3] Putney, then Chair of the Privileges and Elections committee, served as Acting Speaker until the following session in January 2003, when they elected the current Speaker, Republican William J. Howell.

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 19th district
Nov 7, 1995[4] General L E Putney 15,330 99.90
Write Ins 16 0.10
Nov 4, 1997[5] General Lacey E. Putney 13,195 78.39
Eric D. Thompson 3,635 21.59
Write Ins 3 0.02
Nov 2, 1999[6] General L E Putney 12,842 80.86
E D Thompson 3,035 19.11
Write Ins 4 0.02
Nov 6, 2001[7] General L E Putney 13,285 99.95
Write Ins 7 0.05
Nov 4, 2003[8] General L E Putney 11,393 73.42
A M Lipscomb Democratic 4,123 26.57
Write Ins 2 0.01
Nov 8, 2005[9] General L E Putney 19,152 99.16
Write Ins 163 0.84
Nov 6, 2007[10] General Lacey E. Putney 11,908 72.56
Lewis B. Medlin, Jr. Democratic 4,464 27.20
Write Ins 39 0.23
Nov 3, 2009[11] General Lacey E. Putney 15,297 64.13
Lewis B. Medlin, Jr. Democratic 4,922 20.63
W. H. "Will" Smith II Constitution 3,602 15.10
Write Ins 32 0.13
Nov 8, 2011[12] General Lacey E. Putney 8,883 41.61
Jerry R. Johnson Republican 6,775 31.73
Lewis B. Medlin, Jr. Democratic 5,670 26.56
Write Ins 18 0.18

2007 voting bills[edit]

As Chair of the Privileges and Elections Committee,[13] Putney blocked numerous electoral reform bills, including the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact[14] and bills to introduce Instant Runoff Voting on a test basis.[15] He now chairs the powerful Appropriations Committee.[16]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Walker, Julian (2013-03-27). "Va. delegate ending legislative service after 5 decades". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Lacey Putney, longest-serving Va. lawmaker, to retire". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Associated Press). 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  3. ^ Melton, R.H. (2002-06-07). "Va. Speaker Settles Sex Complaint; Wilkins Paid Woman at Least $100,000, Denies Accusations". The Washington Post. p. A1. 
  4. ^ "1995 Election Results - HOD". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  5. ^ "1997 Election Results - HOD". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Election Results - House of Delegates - Nov 1999 Gen Election". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  7. ^ "General Election- November 6, 2001". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  8. ^ "General Election- November 4, 2003". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  9. ^ "General Election- November 8, 2005". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  10. ^ "November 6, 2007 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  11. ^ "November 2009 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  12. ^ "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  13. ^ 2007 HOUSE OF DELEGATES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
  14. ^ HB 2742
  15. ^ HB 956
  16. ^ Virginia House of Delegates: Appropriations Committee

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