Emily Couric

Died October 18th, 2001

Emily Couric, Virginia Senator, dies at 54
Democratic Party leader fought for education and health care

Emily Couric, 54, Virginia State Senator for the 25th District since 1995 and a former school board chairman, died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 18 at home in Charlottesville.

A strong and effective advocate for public education and health care issues, Couricís legislative accomplishments include bills establishing the Advanced Mathematics and Technology Diploma Seal for high school graduates, the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative to support research and rehabilitation for victims of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, and the nationís first state law mandating health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screenings.

A leader in the Virginia Democratic Party, Couric explored a race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor until she was diagnosed with cancer in July 2000. She had been regarded as the front-runner for the partyís nomination and a strong candidate for the general election. After withdrawing from the race, and while undergoing treatment for her disease, she was elected to serve as General Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia in December 2000.

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