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Posted at 5:50 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Key Democrat to miss session start due to surgery

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

State Sen. Yvonne Miller (D-Norfolk) is having surgery next week and will be forced to miss the start of the legislative session, Miller said in a statement Tuesday.

The statement does not indicate the nature of Miller's health issue but indicates that she will come to Richmond as soon as her health permits.

Miller chairs the powerful Transportation Committee and holds a key vote in the chamber, which Democrats hold by a slim 22 to 18 majority.

"I regret my necessary absence at the beginning of session. I have asked Senator Phillip Puckett to chair the transportation committee and appreciate his willingness to take on this task," she said.

Miller has served in the Senate since 1988 and was a member of the House of Delegates before that. She was the first African American woman to serve in each chamber and was the first woman to chair a Senate committee.

"All of Senator Miller's colleagues wish her well and look forward to her re-joining them in Richmond," said Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (Arlington), Democratic caucus chairman, in a statement.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 4, 2011; 5:50 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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