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RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Governor Gerald L. Baliles.
“I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Governor Gerald Baliles.
“As the 65th Governor of Virginia, he understood and valued the role government can play in improving citizens’ lives. He transformed Virginia’s transportation infrastructure, signed Virginia into the Chesapeake Bay agreement under which we still operate today, and focused on expanding access to higher education, among many other accomplishments.
“Governor Baliles fought for rural Virginians, promoted civil discourse, and was the epitome of a true public servant.
“While his accomplishments in office were, and remain, impressive, I will miss him for the kind ear and the sound advice he was always willing to give to me. Pam and I send our deepest sympathies to his wife, children, and loved ones.
“I have directed that Virginia state flags be flown at half-staff in Governor Baliles’ honor for the next 30 days.”
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