The Richmond-Times Dispatch is reporting that on Wednesday Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, Pat Mullins, announced his retirement.
Mullins has served as the party’s chairman since 2009, the year Bob McDonnell led a sweep of the governor’s, lieutenant governor and attorney general positions- the state’s top three offices.
Since then the republicans in Virginia have seen statewide losses. President Barack Obama carried the state in 2008 and 2012 allowing Democrats to win the statewide contests in 2013 for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.
On Tuesday Mark Warner won the fourth consecutive U.S. Senate seat for the Democrats. Jim Webb won in 2006, Tim Kaine won a second term in 2012 and Warner was also elected for his first term in 2008.
“Serving as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia since 20009 has been one of the greatest honors and privileges I’ve had in my life,” Mullins remarked in a statement. He added, “I’ll be forever thankful to the Republicans across Virginia who have placed their trust and support in me.
Mullins continued: “We’ve had out highs and lows – winning elections and losing elections – and regardless of the outcome, I’m more convinced than ever, and validated by the election results last night, that the people of Virginia and the citizens of the United States are desperately seeking consistent conservative governance.”