- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2007

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP) — Adelard L. “Abe” Brault, who served 18 years in the Virginia Senate, including four years as majority leader, died Feb. 13 of pneumonia at his home. He was 97.

Mr. Brault, a Democrat who represented a Fairfax County district, pushed for funding for the Metro mass-transit system, the Dulles Toll Road, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.

He was majority leader from 1976 to 1980, but declined to seek re-election in 1983 after he lost his leadership post. Gov. Charles S. Robb appointed him to the State Board of Education in 1985.

Mr. Brault was born in Winsted, Conn., and grew up in the District. He was a 1933 graduate of Columbus Law School, now part of Catholic University, and served in the Navy in the North Atlantic during World War II before returning to the Washington area to practice law.

He is survived by his wife, Clarice Covington “Percy” Brault; three children; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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