The Bedford independent played a key role in legislative power shifts.
In his 52 years in the House of Delegates, Lacey Putney has witnessed dramatic shifts in Virginia’s political landscape. Indeed, he’s often helped to shape those changes. The Bedford native’s decision this week to retire alters the commonwealth once again and demands introspection from his rural constituents and fellow lawmakers.
“The one thing that has helped the rural parts of the state is that a number of rural delegates tended to run longer and stay longer,” he said in an interview Thursday. “We have fewer rural positions of leadership today.”