What’s hap­pen­ing to­day?

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017 -

The Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and So­cial Ser­vices, meet­ing at 8:30 a.m. in Se­nate Room B, is sched­uled to take up a bill au­tho­riz­ing the State Board of Cor­rec­tions to re­view the death of any in­mate in a lo­cal or re­gional cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity.

Del. C. Todd Gil­bert, R-Shenan­doah, who ar­rived in the House with McClel­lan in the class of 2006, said McClel­lan bought “a level of deco­rum and good­will” to ev­ery con­ver­sa­tion.

“It’s been a plea­sure and honor to serve with her,” Gil­bert said.

Del. David B. Albo, R-Fair­fax, who worked with McClel­lan on the courts com­mit­tee he chairs, said the bills he dealt with could “mess some­body’s life up” with mis­placed com­mas or pro­nouns. When he needed a Demo­crat for a care­ful read of a bill’s lan­guage, Albo said, “I knew that I could count on Jen­nifer.”

“We will cer­tainly miss the gentle­woman, al­though she’ll be just down the hall,” said House Speaker Wil­liam J. How­ell, R-Stafford. “It’ll be nice to have an ally down there.”

Ris­ing for her good­bye speech, McClel­lan said she val­ued her reg­u­lar din­ners with Repub­li­can col­leagues, even af­ter heated floor de­bates.

“I al­ways knew that even when I couldn’t agree with ev­ery­body in this room, at the end of the day, they all had my back,” McClel­lan said.

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