Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Keam Honors Former Del. Dick Fisher





Keam Honors Former Del. Dick Fisher

Fisher, a former Vienna Town Council member and the 35th District representative who held Keam's seat from 1990-97, died in August.
By Erica R. Hendry

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) gave a nod to one of his Virginia 35th District predecessors Tuesday with a resolution celebrating his life.

Keam presented House Joint Resolution 735 during this year's session in memory of the four-term Republican Del. Dick Fisher, who died in August.

On Tuesday, Keam presented the resolution to his widow, Christine (Tina) Fisher, and other family members on the House floor.

The former executive for the Washington Gas Light Company was 64 at the time of his death.

Fisher served the Virginia House of Delegates from 1990-1997, in the same seat Keam now holds, a district which includes Vienna, Tysons Corner, Dunn Loring and parts of Oakton and Fairfax.

Before that, Fisher served three terms during the late 1980s on the Vienna Town Council. He was also a member of the Army Reserve.

Outside of the House of Delegates, Fisher was an active community volunteer, particularly through the Volunteer Emergency Families for Children (VEFC), which provides emergency temporary foster care.

In 1998, he earned the title of ‘Lord Fairfax of the Hunter Mill District' from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. for his service to the community.

Fisher's resolution passed in January, but Keam held a special ceremony Tuesday for friends and family of Fisher – including Vienna Town Council member Mike Polychrones, who once served as Fisher's aide.

Keam remembered Fisher as "a true Virginia Gentleman who was genuine and humble."

Among the highlights of Fisher's career: providing school resources for children with special needs, Keam said.

"He was always willing to help others and he gave generously of his time and energy. He also had an outsized personality and a great sense of humor," Keam continued.

Keam also spoke about Fisher's willingness to work across party lines.

"Above all, Dick loved everything about the House of Delegates. He revered and respected this institution. He knew that his job was to represent those people who sent him down here, not to seek the limelight for himself," Keam said. "Even though he served as the Whip of the then-minority Republican caucus, Dick always looked for opportunities to reach across the aisle to his Democratic colleagues and to resolve differences and seek meaningful compromises with civility."

Others wishing to honor Fisher can do so through the American Heart Association (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/) or Vienna (Virginia) Youth Incorporated (http://www.vyi.org/), his family said.

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