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Lacey Putney
Lacey Putney.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates District 19
Former Member
In office
1962 - 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1961
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth06/27/1928
Place of birthBig Island, VA
Lacey E. Putney is a former Independent member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 19 from 1962 to 2014.

Putney announced in March 2013 that he would not seek another term. He was Virginia's longest-serving legislator. His retirement was honored in a ceremony attended by nine Virginia governors.[1]

Putney did not seek re-election in 2013. His seat was filled by Republican Terry Austin.


Putney's professional experience includes working as a lawyer.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 session, Putney served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations, Chair
Privileges and Elections


Putney also served on the Joint Rules Committee and the Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee of the Privileges and Elections Committee. He chaired the Standards of Conduct Subcommittee of the Rules Committee.


  • HB 1600 Budget Bill
  • HB 1604 Parking Facilities Bond Act of 2009
  • HB 1662 Higher Educational Institutions Bond Act of 2009[2]



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Putney won re-election to District 19 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Lewis Medlin, Jr. (D) and Jerry Johnson (R) in the November 8 general election.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Virginia House of Delegates, District 19 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngLacey Putney Incumbent 41.6% 8,883
     Republican Jerry Johnson 31.8% 6,775
     Democratic Lewis Medlin, Jr. 26.6% 5,670
Total Votes 21,328


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Putney was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Lewis Medlin and William Smith in the General Election.[3]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 19 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lacey Putney (I) 15,297
Lewis Medlin (D) 4,922
William Smith (Constitution) 3,602

Delegate Putney meeting with constituents

Campaign donors


In 2011, Putney received $165,339 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lacey Putney's campaign in 2011
Delta Star Inc$10,000
Kilgore For Delegate$10,000
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$8,000
Virginia Dental Association$7,500
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association$7,000
Total Raised in 2011 $165,339
Total Votes received in 2011 8,883
Cost of each vote received $18.61


The top five donors to Putney's 2009 campaign:[5]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia Dental Association $11,828
Delta Star $11,000
Medical Facilities of America $6,000
Virginia Governmental PAC $5,000
Virginia Healthcare Association $5,000


Putney has been involved with many organizations, including the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, Bedford Baptist Church, Boy Scouts of America, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.[6]

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Preceded by
Virginia House of Delegates District 19
Succeeded by
Terry Austin (R)