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Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: December 14, 2020
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Delegate Mamye BaCote

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Virginia Delegate Mamye BaCote.

“Pam and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mamye BaCote, our dear friend and former Delegate who represented Newport News for more than a decade.

“Mamye was a legislative giant who fought to make our Commonwealth better. She was an educator first, and made it her mission to expand access to a world-class education for all students—no matter their zip code. She was a fierce advocate for commonsense gun safety measures, and played a critical role in laying the groundwork for this year’s passage of historic gun safety laws.

“But most importantly, she was a public servant in the truest sense of the word—a woman who lived her life with kindness, grace, and an unwavering dedication to justice. She will be tremendously missed.”

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