Vince Callahan Jr., a longtime state delegate lawmaker and former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has died, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Television station WUSA reports that Callahan died of the West Nile virus, which he contracted in August. He was 82.
Callahan, a Republican from Fairfax, served in the House of Delegates for more than 40 years.
Sen. Mark Warner, who was governor when Callahan was still in the House, issued a statement:
“When I had the honor of serving as Virginia Governor, I relied upon Vince for his sharp intellect and his bipartisan approach to fiscal responsibility. I was proud to call Vince Callahan a friend, and I extend my deepest personal condolences and respect to his wife, Yvonne, and their family."
Read the full Times-Dispatch story here.