The Commonwealth and beyond are mourning the loss of Virginia Del. Ronnie Campbell.
Campbell, who has served as a delegate for Virginia for nearly three years, passed away following a long fight with cancer, according to a statement on his Facebook page.
He represented the 24th district, which covers Rockbridge and Bath Counties, parts of Amherst and Augusta Counties and the independent cities of Lexington and Buena Vista. Dedicated to serving those around him, Campbell was also a former state trooper.
Many throughout the state of Virginia are heartbroken by the news. You can read the statement that was posted to his social media platforms in its entirety below:
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Delegate Ronnie Campbell, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Delegate Campbell was a husband, father, grandfather and friend. From his time in the Virginia State Police to his time in the House of Delegates, Ronnie served with honor and relentlessly fought for the best interests of others. While he is no longer with us, he will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone touched by him.
The family asks for privacy at this time. Arrangements will be made over the next few days.
Several state leaders are extending their condolences and offering support to those affected by his passing. Their statements can be found below:
Gov. Glenn Youngkin
Suzanne and I are saddened to learn of Delegate Campbell’s passing.— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) December 13, 2022
Ronnie served the Commonwealth he loved in so many ways: as a State Trooper for over two decades, on the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors & School Board, and in the House of Delegates.
Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears
House Speaker Todd Gilbert
House GOP Leader’s Office
Our entire Caucus is saddened at the passing of our friend and colleague Delegate Ronnie Campbell. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.— House GOP Leader’s Office (@VaHODGOPLeader) December 13, 2022
State Senator David Sutterlein
Ronnie Campbell loved Rockbridge County’s people. He served them for decades in Virginia State Police, School Board & Board of Supervisors before they elected him Delegate. Public safety & opportunities for young people were his top priorities. I will miss his kind encouragement. pic.twitter.com/DbEDyy68Ii— David Suetterlein (@DRSuetterlein) December 13, 2022
Congressman Ben Cline
Elizabeth and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and our Delegate, Ronnie Campbell,” Rep. Cline said. “Ronnie served our community and Commonwealth with dedication and distinction. He made a career in law enforcement with the Virginia State Police, serving both in northern Virginia and in Rockbridge County. He pursued higher education and spent time as a contractor, giving him added insights into the impact government regulations can have on small businesses. Ronnie was driven to serve both his Rockbridge community and his home county of Augusta. He represented constituents as a member of the Rockbridge County School Board and as a member of the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors. His repeated successful runs for local office led to his election to the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 24th House District. Ronnie spent countless hours devoted to public service. We shared the privilege of representing the 24th House District, and he will long be remembered by the people of the District. Elizabeth and I are praying for the Campbell family during this difficult time.Rep. Ben Cline