RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL/WRIC) — Senator Mark Warner confirmed the passing of former Delegate Jackie Stump (D-VA) of Buchanan, VA Thursday.
Stump was the United Mine Workers leader who won a write-in campaign for the House of Delegates in 1989 during the Pittson Coal Strike.
Stump represented Buchanan County and parts of Russell and Tazewell counties in the House of Delegates between 1989-2005.
Warner released this statement Thursday evening:
“Jackie Stump was a trusted colleague and a friend, and a tireless fighter for the working men and women of Southwest Virginia both before his election to the House in 1989 and during the 15 years he served as a member of the legislature. Jackie also was a real character, and just a good-hearted man. My thoughts are with his wife, Linda, and their children, and Jackie’s wide circle of friends, in this time of loss.”
Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker also made a statement on Stump’s passing.
“Former Delegate Jackie Stump was a champion for working people and Southwest Virginia,” Swecker said. “He was a dear friend to many Virginians, both Democrats and Republicans. He was a respected representative in the House of Delegates and a prolific leader within his community. On behalf of the Democratic Party of Virginia, I’d like to extend our thoughts to his family during this difficult time.”
Other Virginia politicians also weighed in via social media: