Congratulations to Lacey E. Putney, who on Jan. 12 kicked off his 50th year as Bedford County’s representative to the Virginia House of Delegates. The anniversary makes the member of Washington and Lee’s undergraduate Class of 1950 and law Class of 1957 one of the longest-serving legislators in the U.S. We blogged about his last campaign here. During opening-day ceremonies of the General Assembly at the capitol in Richmond, his colleagues gave Lacey, an Independent, a standing ovation. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, when the applause erupted he was in the members’ lounge, where the Republican whip had to track him down.
It’s not the first time Lacey’s been recognized for his dedication. In 2007, he received the Thomas B. Murphy Longevity of Service Award. And just last month, the Virginia Governmental Employees Association (VGEA) named him Legislator of the Year for “his ongoing and active support of the Commonwealth’s employees and retirees,” said J. Marshall Terry, the VGEA president. He also received Virginia Military Institute’s distinguished service award last May, and, the one that means the most to us, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington and Lee, last September. Here’s our news story about that honor.