Richmond, VA – RPV Chairman Rich Anderson issued the following statement on the passing of former Lieutenant Governor and former RPV Chairman John Hager:
“Today, Virginia lost one of its premier sons with the passing of former Lt. Gov. John H. Hager, after a life well-lived as husband, father, grandfather, and revered public servant.
“John served his Commonwealth and country in numerous positions of public leadership. He served as a United States Army officer, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, and Director of the Virginia Department of Homeland Security after the attacks of 9/11. I was privileged to serve with John as a member of the Statewide Advisory Board of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. I find it today to be a significant challenge in trying to fill the very large shoes that he left to his successors who followed him as Chairmen of the Republican Party of Virginia.
“Today is a bittersweet moment for us all, as we mourn Lt. Gov. Hager’s passing and celebrate the life of this exceptional Virginian. In that spirit, we express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to Maggie, Jack, Henry, and the entire Hager family for sharing John with his fellow Virginians over his lifetime of selfless service.”