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Senator Creigh Deeds

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After the very public tragedy that ...
www.gazettejournal.net, 12 Dec 2013 [cached]
After the very public tragedy that overwhelmed his family last month, Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds of Bath County could be excused if he decided to withdraw from public life and tend to the emotional scars of which he said, so truly, "some wounds won't heal." However, this senator has vowed to follow the course laid down for public figures: to improve the institutions of our government that may not be working very well. In this case, after his son had emergency treatment for some mental health issues, he was discharged to his family because, it was explained, no bed could be found for psychiatric care. The next day, the son stabbed his father, then killed himself. The Deeds family was let down and irreparably damaged by the system. Creigh Deeds has run for statewide office twice, without success, but that exposure has made his name familiar and given him a broader platform than his Senate district upon which to advocate for improvements to our state's mental health care system. Some changes were made after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech; but obviously shortfalls remain. Budget cuts, it is said, have fallen heavily upon mental health services leaving vulnerable individuals at risk of neglect or worse. Gov. McDonnell this week proposed significant increases in funding for mentally health services. Will this proposal hold up through budget deliberations? If through his terrible personal tragedy Senator Deeds can bring about some improvement for the care of the mentally ill, some way that emergency commitments can be available uniformly, then he will have done a great service for all Virginians.
News Videos - Political, Conservative
townhall.com, 20 Nov 2013 [cached]
Creigh Deeds, a Virginia State Senator and former gubernatorial candidate for the Democratic Party, was stabbed in his home.
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Deeds is in the hospital in critical condition with stab wounds, and his son was shot and killed.
Virginia Biotechnology Association - Welcome
vabio.org, 28 July 2013 [cached]
Senator R. Creigh Deeds (D)
Senior Statesmen of Virginia
www.seniorstatesmen.org, 26 Oct 2012 [cached]
Senators Creigh Deeds and Bryce Reeves provided their perspectives on the 2012 legislative session and other current issues facing Virginians.
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Creigh Deeds
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Senator Creigh Deeds
Creigh Deeds represents the 25th Senate District, which includes the counties of Albemarle (part), Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Nelson, and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Charlottesville, and Lexington. He serves on three Senate standing committees: General Laws, Privileges and Elections, and Transportation.
Sen. Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.
Senator Deeds serves on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation, the Virginia Sesquicentennial for the American Civil War Commission, the Small Business Commission, and the State Water Commission. For his work on behalf of crime victims, he was awarded the Warren Stambaugh Award from Virginians United Against Crime. He also has received the Leadership in Public Policy Award from The Nature Conservancy, the Preservation Alliance of Virginia Delegate of the Year, and the Virginia Association for Parks Legislator of the Year. His legislative work and accomplishments have also been recognized by the Fairfax Coalition of Police, the Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors, and BikeWalk Virginia.
Senator Deeds attended Virginia’s public schools and graduated from Bath County High School in 1976. After completing undergraduate work at Concord College, he received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1984. Senator Deeds lives in Bath County. He is an attorney in private practice and a visiting professor of law at Washington and Lee University. He has four grown children.
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Senators Creigh Deeds and Bryce Reeves provided their perspectives on the 2012 session of the General Assembly.
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In their opening remarks, Senators Deeds and Reeves focused primarily on the effects of partisanship and on issues related to the budget.
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Senator Deeds said that he has served during 21 sessions of the General Assembly, and although he still gets a thrill to sit where Jefferson and others have, this session was the least productive he’s been through.
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Senator Deeds summed up by saying that overall, the process was hurtful and ugly.
Governor « Virginia Values Voter Pac
www.virginiavaluesvoterpac.org [cached]
The Richmond Times-Dispatch had an interesting interview with Creigh Deeds, who lost the 2009 Governor's race to Bob McDonnell.
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The interview merely displayed that Deeds is still taking the loss pretty hard.
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In the weeks after the election, Deeds, 52, hasn't spent a night outside his home in rural Bath County. Public appearances have been rare - a couple of visits to Charlottesville, a Christmas shopping trip to Roanoke, a drive to attend a funeral.
Instead, Deeds has set to work rebuilding the life he left behind when he became a candidate - resurrecting a dormant law practice, repairing fences on the family farm, getting a cranky stove to provide warmth on a winter's day in the Allegheny Mountains.
"The toll on my family . . . there are things I'll never get back and that hurts a whole lot," he said. "A lot of personal stuff that I'm just not going to go into.
"Going forward, I've got a responsibility to represent people in the state Senate and rebuild a life that I had, that I have left," he said. "There's still a lot of figuring out to do. I've got to get back to basics.
Also, in the interview, Deeds did not mention whether or not he was running for re-election in 2011 for the state senate seat he currently holds. Hopefully, this will not intervene with his ability to serve the people of Charlottesville and Bath County.
Tags: 2009 Election, Creigh Deeds, Governor, Richmond Times-Dispatch
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"The Fixie" was awarded to the best campaign of 2009 to Bob McDonnell and the worst campaign to Creigh Deeds.
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Meanwhile, Deeds was called out on his campaign strategy, which relied on his focus of targeting rural voters, rather than the core constituencies of the Commonwealth (namely Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia) and for talking about his opponent's thesis from grad school instead of focusing on why he should have been elected.
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Tags: 2009 Election, Bob McDonnell, Creigh Deeds, Governor, Virginia
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