Virginia State Sen. Chafin Dies after Catching Coronavirus

60-year-old Republican state senator Ben Chafin represented southwest Virginia and was from Russell County.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state Sen. Ben Chafin has died after contracting the coronavirus. Lawmakers from around the state mourned Chafin’s death late Friday. The 60-year-old Republican state senator represented southwest Virginia and was from Russell County. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2013 and then moved to the state Senate in 2014. Gov. Ralph Northam says Chafin “loved the outdoors, and he loved serving people even more.” Chafin is…

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