RICHMOND, Va.—Former U.S. Senator John Warner made a surprise appearance Wednesday at the Virginia State Capitol to honor Bedford County Delegate Lacey Putney.
Putney is beginning his 51st year as a member of the House of Delegates. He and Warner first met at Washington and Lee University in Lexington and have maintained their friendship ever since. “I’m just stunned and more than honored.” Putney said following the ceremony on the floor of the House. “He said a lot of nice things that I don’t deserve, but you always like to hear it.”
Warner addressed members of the House, a privilege rarely extended to guests. “We’re here to mark this point in Virginia’s history and I’m not sure that in America’s political history, given the change the means by which we get elected… that two individuals will have the good fortune to have had the service that both of us have.”
Warner also paid tribute to the education both men received at Washington and Lee University. “We were there and we were good friends,” Warner told reporters. “And we maintained the firendship all through these years in the Senate and he down here. And I’m just honored to have been asked by the speaker to come down and have a modest role in this historic day.”