NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Former Virginia House Delegate Alan Diamonstein has died, according to reports.
In a statement from law firm Patten, Wornom, Hatten, and Diamonstein, LC, officials expressed their sadness regarding the passing of their partner early Thursday morning. The law firm said that Diamonstein “leaves a huge void” in the community with his legacy.
WAVY News 10’s Andy Fox said the former Newport News representative was one of the “most honest straight shooters” he’s ever met and that his laugh, humor, and contribution lives forever.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam released a statement on the passing of Del. Diamondstein:
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Delegate Alan Diamonstein.
“For decades, Alan was a tireless advocate for our Commonwealth and its future. Virginia has one of the best systems of higher education in the nation because of the decades of work Alan dedicated to making it so. He led the Commonwealth’s investment in our colleges and universities—they are stronger today because of his commitment to these institutions and the students they serve. Alan helped create the Virginia Housing Development Authority, and advocated for state support for people with mental illness or disabilities. He worked to bring more women into the political process, at a time when that work was sorely needed. He was a true public servant.
“Alan has always been a friend to Pam and me, and I will miss him dearly. The Commonwealth is a better place for Alan’s service.”
Congresswoman Elaine Luria also paid her tribute to the late attorney and former legislator saying that Diamonstein made “our Commonwealth a better place” during his time in the General Assembly.
Senator Mark Warner, in a statement released Thursday morning, called Diamonstein a “powerful force” in Virginia who made the Commonwealth more inclusive and forward-looking.
93rd District delegate Mike Mullins referred to Diamonstein as his hero, mentor, and friend while praising his advocacy for higher education.