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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Bill Bolling smashes record for tie-breaking votes in Virginia Senate

In the course of reporting a story on how Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) presided over Virginia’s evenly divided Senate, I had this sad duty:

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) casts the tie-breaking vote on Senate rules at the start of the 2012 Virginia General Assembly session. (Steve Helber - AP)
I had to inform the last guy to captain a 20-20 chamber that his record for tie-breaking votes had been broken. Smashed, really.

Don Beyer, Virginia’s Democratic lieutenant governor from 1990 to 1998, cast 12 tie-breakers in 1997.

This General Assembly session, Bolling cast 28.

Here’s how Beyer, now ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, responded to the news.

“Well, rats. I knew it would happen someday,” he said via e-mail from Washington, where he attended a State Department conference last week.   “Congratulations to Lt Gov Bolling!”

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