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Bob McDonnell declares “Yvonne B. Miller Day”

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has declared Tuesday “Yvonne B. Miller Day” in honor of the Democratic state senator from Norfolk who died last week.

Yvonne B. Miller in 1983, when she became the first black woman elected to the Virginia Legislature. She became state senator in 1987 and was still serving at the time of her death last week, one day before her 78th birthday. (Ray Lustig/The Washington Post)

“Senator Yvonne B. Miller was a history-maker and a trail blazer who cared deeply about people and served as a strong voice and passionate advocate for the disadvantaged, the forgotten and the overlooked,” McDonnell says in his declaration.

McDonnell’s chief of staff, Martin Kent, will present a certificate recognizing Yvonne B. Miller Day to her family Tuesday along with a flag that was flown over the state Capitol.

Miller was the first African-American woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and the first elected to the Senate. She was the longest-serving woman in the history of the Senate and the first woman to lead a Senate committee.

A wake is planned for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street Chapel,7246 Granby Street in Norfolk, according to the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee.

Her funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Hope Church of God In Christ, 3232 Brest Avenue in Norfolk.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.



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