Statement of Governor McDonnell on Retirement of Harvey Morgan from General Assembly

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today following news that Delegate Harvey Morgan has decided not to run for re-election to the General Assembly. “For more than 30 years, Harvey has been a dedicated and stalwart advocate for his constituents in the 98th District and for all the citizens of the Commonwealth. While passionately advocating on issues such as mental health reform, the environment and the Chesapeake Bay, Harvey has always been a true statesman and the epitome of a Virginia gentleman.

“I had the pleasure of serving with him in the General Assembly and learned much from him about how to best represent the interests of our constituents. I have known Harvey for more than 20 years. We served on committees together, and were roommates during the legislative session for 8 years. In that time, he has become a close friend, an advisor and a partner in government. The General Assembly will miss his strong, but congenial manner of advocacy and his leadership as the chairman of the House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee and a member of the Appropriations and Commerce and Labor Committees.

“I wish Harvey the very best in his future endeavors. I know he will enjoy spending time with his wife Mary Helen and the rest of his family, and I thank him for his tremendous service to the people of the Commonwealth.”