Sen. John Miller of Newport News dies at age 68

State Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, looks over the senate calender during the session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, March 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Sen. John Miller from Newport News has passed away. He was 68-years-old.

Sources confirmed Miller’s passing to WAVY’s Andy Fox Monday afternoon.

Miller was elected to the Virginia State Senate in 2007, and re-elected in 2011. According to his website, Miller was also an administrator at WHRO and at Christopher Newport University (CNU) before entering politics.

He worked for former US Senator Paul Trible as his top aide. Miller also worked for Trible at CNU.  “Let me tell you about John Miller.  He was a thoughtful and compassionate man. He was a man of real integrity who always wanted to do the right things,” said Trible of his friend of 40 years. “John Miller was one of the good guys who cared about health, and education of children, and he really loved his family and our community.”

Several lawmakers released statements on Miller’s passing.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe:

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam:

Pam and I are saddened to hear of Senator Miller’s passing. John was a longtime friend to our family and a kind and genuine man, who served the Commonwealth with distinction. We were both elected to the Senate in 2007 and were seatmates in the Capitol. He was a strong advocate in the General Assembly for Virginia’s children, our military, and environment. His decades of service in Hampton Roads as a journalist, an elected official, and community leader have made Virginia a better place. Please keep his wife Sharron and their family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker:

Senator John Miller was an honorable and thoughtful public servant. Whether fighting for quality education, improving our environment,  or working to bolster Virginia’s economy, Senator Miller brought his calm but unparalleled passion to the people he served.  His passing is a great loss to the Commonwealth. Our Democratic family sends our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Sharron, and his family during this most difficult time.”

Sen. Bobby Scott:

I was saddened to learn of the passing of State Senator John Miller.  I first knew John during his time as a broadcaster and I welcomed him as he transitioned to public office.  John was a dedicated public servant who led efforts in the General Assembly to reform SOL testing and combat sea level rise.  He was willing to work with both sides of the aisle to achieve results for our Commonwealth.  I grew to appreciate his counsel as we worked on behalf of our mutual constituents.  My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sharron, his daughter Jenny and his son John, and his countless friends and supporters.”

Sen. Tim Kaine:

John Miller was a longtime friend and a true public servant who dedicated so much of his career to serving Virginians. I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Sharron and all those in the district that he loved so much.”

Sen. Miller represented the First District, which includes part of Hampton. Mayor George Wallace offered his condolences:

Sen. John Miller has been a strong advocate for Hampton and the entire First District region, no matter the specific boundaries,” said Wallace. “He worked for bipartisanship and a common ground, and was highly regarded for his support of both for the environmental climate and business climate in Virginia. He served the entire state and our next generation as chairman of the Public Education Subcommittee, working toward SOL reform, literacy, and career and technical education. I will miss him personally, and the region will miss his advocacy as well.”

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring:

“The Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Senate, and most of all Sharron, Jenny, John and the Miller family have lost an extraordinary man and public servant. John brought a quiet resolve to his work on behalf of students, veterans, and all Virginians who needed someone fighting on their behalf. I will miss his friendship and his compassionate heart, and Laura and I extend our deepest sympathies to Sharron, their children, and John’s many friends and colleagues.”

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