I am sad to report that early this morning, Former State Senator Joe Gartlan passed away at the age of 82 at INOVA Mt. Vernon Hospital.Serving 28 years in the Virginia Senate.For more information, please go here:
Senator Gartlan was towering figure in the General Assembly serving as the Co-Chair of the Northern Virginia delegation. He fought for those with no power - the children, the mentally ill, mentally handicapped, and the environment. Even after retirement, he continued to serve our community fighting to save INOVA Mt. Vernon Hospital - the hospital where he died.
Senator Gartlan did not vary his views to gain the approval of his constituents - he voted his conscience as he felt was his duty as an elected leader. His constituents rewarded him with seven terms and his seat is the one legislative seat for my precinct that has not been held by a Republican in my lifetime.
He is survived by his wife of 58-year, six children, and seven grandchildren. I considered Senator Gartlan to be a personal friend and a mentor who I would call on from time to time for advice. His presence and wise counsel will be truly missed by all who knew him.
The FCDC website contains information regarding his life, obituaries, the Governor's Statement, funeral arrangements, and other information. Supervisor Hyland is collecting rememberances.
I would just like to add that I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Senator Gartland several times. He was a hero and a giant among progressive Democrats. I think when he reaches Heaven, he will hear the words, "Well done, faithful servant."