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Former legislator honored by colleagues as session wraps up

The House of Delegates took time before departing Richmond for the year to honor one of its former members.

Bob Brink, who represented the 48th District – including parts of Arlington and McLean – from 1998 until 2014 was saluted for his personal integrity and service as a “respected professional with experience in all levels of government.”

The measure was patroned by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) and cosponsored by the other 99 members of the lower house of the legislature.

Brink in 1997 was elected to succeed fellow Democrat Judy Connally in the 48th District, then ran off a string of eight re-election victories.

In mid-2014, Brink was tapped by Gov. McAuliffe to join his administration, first as deputy director of aging services and ultimately the governor’s senior legislative adviser. He left his state post upon the inauguration of Gov. Northam in January.

During his tenure in the legislature, Brink rose to 13th in seniority (as well as dean of the Arlington delegation) and occupied slots on several powerful committees, including Appropriations; Transportation; and Privileges and Elections.

Among the highlights of his tenure were successful efforts to increase funding for teachers of blind students; helping to develop the Virginia’s Children’s Health Insurance Plan; and support for the Virginia YMCA Model General Assembly program, helping to “inspire a passion for public service in a generation of future leaders,” the resolution noted.

Before coming to the legislature, Brink had served as legal counsel to two congressional committees and in a senior position with the U.S. Department of Justice.