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Putney Named House Appropriations Leader

Anita Kumar

House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced that he has picked Del. Lacey E. Putney of Bedford to lead the Appropriations Committee.

The move was a bit controversial because Putney switched from Democrat to independent almost four decades ago. But Putney is a member of the House Republican caucus and the current vice chairman of the committee.

Del. Phillip A. Hamilton (R-Newport News), who had also angled to be chairman, will be vice chair.

"Chairman Putney's commitment to fiscal restraint and extensive budget experience make him ideally suited for this new leadership assignment," Howell said. "Vice Chairman Hamilton likewise is a knowledgeable and adept negotiator on budget matters. Having Delegates Putney and Hamilton lead our House budget team will ensure that we continue to be well prepared for the challenge of crafting a new state budget."

Howell said he was naming the leaders now to ensure a smooth transition on the committee. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) is scheduled to present his 2008-2010 budget recommendations at a joint meeting of House and Senate committees.

"Having been a member of the Appropriations Committee for 42 years, I am as honored by the Speaker's selection as I am excited about the opportunity to lead this important panel," Putney said. "I sincerely appreciate the Speaker's trust and support in providing me with this responsibility. I am committed to continuing the fiscally prudent principles of my predecessor and friend, Vince Callahan, and to diligently work with committee members and staff to construct a sound budget that benefits all Virginians."

"I am honored to be a part of the House Appropriations Committee leadership team," Hamilton said. "I look forward to working with Delegate Putney and the other members in developing a new biennial budget that addresses the core service needs of the Commonwealth and improves the quality of life throughout Virginia."

Howell will announce additional committee appointments in January.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 6, 2007; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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I understand why it might be controversial but where's the evidence of the controversy?

Posted by: Hector | December 6, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It's the media's job to create controversy. It is said therefore it exists.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 13, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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