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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.