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Senator Dave Sokola’s statement on the passing of former Senator Robert L. Venables, Sr.

December 19, 2021

Delaware Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola issued the following statement today on the passing of former State Senator Robert L. Venables, Sr.:

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and former colleague, Bob Venables.

An environmental steward and passionate advocate for Delaware’s working families, Senator Venables’ legacy endures all across our state. Whether it was fighting to protect Delaware’s vital family farms, our beautiful state parks, our thriving wildlife areas, or expanding our network of bike trails, nobody worked harder to preserve our natural resources and enhance our quality of life than Bob during his 26 years of public service.

I had the pleasure of working closely with Bob on the Bond Bill for several years and he was deeply committed to prudent investments across our state, yet always fought for his beloved Sussex County to get its share.

My thoughts are with the Venables family, his loved ones, and his former constituents as they mourn the loss of a father, grandfather, civic leader, and friend.”