State senator dies Monday

Published 9:04 pm Monday, April 4, 2016

A Virginia senator who represented one precinct in Suffolk died Monday.

Sen. John Miller, a Newport News resident, died suddenly, his family said.



Miller, a Democrat, was first elected to the Senate in 2008. His district included Suffolk’s Burbage Grant precinct as well as parts of Newport News, Hampton, York County, James City County and Williamsburg.

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“Dorothy and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Senator John Miller, a moderate voice in the General Assembly, a knowledgeable lawmaker and a public servant who represented his constituents with skill and compassion,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement. “Senator Miller was a strong advocate for Virginia’s veterans and military families. A loyal friend to public schools, he took a leadership role in reforming and modernizing the Standards of Learning tests. His many accomplishments are a testimony to his hard work and thorough attention to the needs of his district and the Commonwealth. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharron and the Miller family.”

Miller is survived by his wife, Sharron Miller, and two grown children.