The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that on Tuesday Joseph Benedetti, a Republican who represented Richmond and its surrounding suburbs for over a decade in the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate for more than decade, died in his residence at the age of 85.
Mr. Benedetti served as the Senate Republican minority leader before his resignation in 1998 to head the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Although Benedetti was always in the legislature’s minority party, his career tracked a steady growth for the Republicans in the General Assembly during a time when it was dominated by Democrats. Today, Republicans control both chambers.
He was an army combat veteran of the Korean War and was awarded the bronze star. He was also a member of the Army National Guard and Army Reserve and retired as a major.
Mr Benedetti served in a number of important roles in Virginia in addition to his positions in the House of Delegates and State Senate. His service is greatly appreciated and his memory will be honored.