Former governors George Allen and Tim Kaine, who are seeking Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat, have issued statements of appreciation for former U.S. Rep. William Wampler Sr., who died last night.
“The spirit of the Bald Eagle of the Cumberlands may have ascended to the Heavens, but memories and appreciation for his strong leadership for the people of Southwest Virginia will live on.
“Congressman Wampler was a trusted, sharp advisor to me and a vibrant, creative and ardent advocate for common-sense conservative principles and ways to improve the lives and opportunities of his constituents.
“While memories of his passionate speeches are recalled, mostly our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lee and their children, including William C. Wampler, Jr. who has vigorously carried on his father’s tradition of honest, determined and effective leadership in Virginia.”
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of William Wampler Sr. A bastion of Virginia politics and no doubt a driving force behind his district’s ‘fighting ninth’ nickname, William will be missed by all those he has worked with over his many years in state politics. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, and I join all Virginians in thanking him for his great record of service to our Commonwealth. His legacy lives on in the work of his son William–an effective state senator for many years who now serves as President of the New College Institute in Martinsville.”