Bill Flanagan retires after 23 years of service

It is with great reverence that I announce Bill Flanagan has retired from my office. After 23 years of service, Bill has shown himself to be the gold standard of employees and a true friend and confidant.

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Bill Flanagan and I, circa mid-1990s.

Bill embodies the definition of public servant. He has dedicated much of his time working on behalf of veterans – a reputation of his that is well known across the entire Commonwealth. He was the driving force behind the new Veterans’ Care Centers and has had a guiding hand in countless other veterans’ initiatives, such as increasing the number of claims representatives at DVS, easing the tax burden on lower enlisted soldiers and surviving spouses, and championing the Quartermaster Foundation at Fort Lee.

He is also a relentless campaigner, having worked tirelessly for all of our Republican candidates over the years. His leadership on the State Central Committee has proved to be pivotal as they address the pressing issues of our party.

Bill has built a reputation for his work ethic, drive, and motivation, never asking somebody to do something he isn’t willing to do himself. While he cares deeply for the Republican Party, Bill is also a devoted husband, father, and man of God. He and his wife Diane have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren (with 1 more on the way!). He is a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteers to drive the bus for senior members who don’t drive anymore.

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Bill and Diane (center, in blue) celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their family in 2013.

We will miss his sense of humor and story-telling here in the office, but I wish him and Diane well as they move into the next chapter of their lives. If you would like to share your well wishes, simply reply to this email.

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Bill and I with his family, Speaker Howell, and Ed Gillespie at his retirement party.

Accordingly, Kelly Gee in my office will take over Chief of Staff responsibilities. Kelly has worked hard as my Legislative Aide the last 4 years. Kelly comes to the position with an incredible skill set and a great heart for public service. I am excited about having her serve as Chief of Staff.

Additionally, Zachary Wood joins my office as Legislative Aide. Zach graduated from GMU this year with a bachelor degree in Government and International Politics, is a Capital Semester Intern graduate, and has interned in my office during his summer/winter breaks over the last 3 years.

Finally, Rick Oertel, Lt. Col. (USA Retired), will come on board as Veterans Affairs Aide. Rick currently serves as the American Legion Post 284 Adjutant General, is a Past Commander of Post 284, is the current Legislative Officer for the Joint Leadership Council, and is Legislative Chairman for the Department of Virginia American Legion.