Honoring Former 16Th House District Delegate Clifton Alexander ``Chip’’ Woodrum IIIby Representative H. Morgan Griffith
Posted on 2013-02-26
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Mr. GRIFFITH of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, on behalf of myself and
Representative Bob Goodlatte, I am saddened to report the passing of a
former colleague in the Virginia General Assembly and the grandson of a
former Member of this body. On February 19, 2013, former 16th House
District Delegate Clifton Alexander ``Chip'' Woodrum III passed away in
Naples, FL. A man who was dedicated to serving the Commonwealth and the
Roanoke Valley. Virginia has lost a great public servant.
Born on July 23, 1938, in Washington, DC, Chip graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., in 1957. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1961 before returning home to the Commonwealth to graduate from the University of Virginia Law School in 1964.
The grandson of former 6th District Congressman Clifton A. Woodrum, Chip was a longtime, loyal activist of the Democratic Party, which included serving as chairman of the 6th District Democratic Committee from 1972-1976 and as a delegate to the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami, Florida.
Chip was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1979 and served in Richmond until 2003. He represented the 16th House District, which included Roanoke City and Roanoke County. Among Chip's accomplishments in the House of Delegates, he was most proud of legislation he sponsored in 1985 to establish the Virginia Birth- Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program, which covered medical bills and other expenses for children who suffer from neurological injuries at birth. He also was an advocate for openness and transparency in government by increasing access to government meetings and public records as the head of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Providing a voice for low income families, Chip also was a fierce opponent of any deregulation of Virginia's electric utilities.
Upon his retirement from the House of Delegates in 2003, he remained active in his community and state by serving on the boards of the Library of Virginia, the Virginia Historical Society, the Educational Foundation of Virginia Western Community College, and Home Town Bank. Chip also remained very active in the Democratic Party of Roanoke and regularly appeared at campaign events in the city.
Chip was a skilled, effective, and accomplished legislator. Beginning in 1994, I had the pleasure of serving with Chip in the Virginia House of Delegates and working with him on many important matters impacting our neighboring constituencies in the Roanoke Valley. While we served together on opposite sides of the aisle, I fondly remember Chip's sharp wit and our many spirited exchanges debating legislation in the House of Delegates. He is a good man and will be missed.
As Representative Goodlatte said, Chip's contributions to the Virginia House of Delegates are storied and will not be forgotten.
[[Page E190]] The Roanoke Valley's many citizens and institutions are thankful that he chose public service as the avenue to better his community.
Representative Goodlatte and I are honored to pay tribute to Chip's many contributions to our community, our region, and our nation. He was a courageous public servant. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife of almost 50 years, Emily; his children; grandchildren; friends; and loved ones. May God give them comfort during this difficult time.