The State Senate has just 40 members. It's a close-knit community even among colleagues on opposite sides of the aisle. Tuesday they reacted to the news that Senator Creigh Deeds had suffered serious injuries.
Creigh Deeds is a respected Senator who is well-liked by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Tuesday afternoon, we heard from Senators John Edwards and Ralph Smith, who said they are praying for Deeds and his family.
"I have all the confidence in the world that he is going to recover and be there with us in January," Smith told WDBJ7, "but the scar it will leave is devastating."
"At a time like this you think of the family," Edwards said in an interview. "You think of Creigh. You think of all the good times we've had together too. Of course, he's a great friend. He's a terrific Senator. And we certainly pray he's going to be okay."
Governor Bob McDonnell also released a statement , describing the news as "utterly heartbreaking."
"I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh," the Governor said, "and for many more years of his public service to the Commonwealth."
Following is the full statement from Governor Bob McDonnell:
“In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking. Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him. I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh and for many more years of his public service to the Commonwealth. At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family.”