WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted unanimously to advance bipartisan legislation to rename a Virginia Beach post office – located at 2509 George Mason Dr. in Virginia Beach, VA 23456 – after Ryan “Keith” Cox. The legislation, which was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) and Virginia’s entire bipartisan congressional delegation, now awaits full consideration in the Senate.
“On May 31, 2019, Keith Cox selflessly gave his own life to protect his friends and colleagues from a cowardly act of violence at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center,” said the Senators. “The Commonwealth will never forget those we lost that day, and will always remember Mr. Cox for his selfless act of love, which saved lives. We commend our colleagues for getting us one step closer to this fitting tribute to a brave Virginian.”
Earlier this month, Sens. Warner and Kaine wrote to the Chair and Ranking Member in support of Rep. Luria’s legislation to honor Cox’s heroism. In June, Sens. Warner and Kaine secured unanimous passage of a Senate resolution honoring the 12 victims of the Virginia Beach shooting.