- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2007

WOODSTOCK, Va. (AP) — William A. Truban, a veterinarian and the longest-serving state senator in his northwestern Virginia district, died Feb. 3 at an assisted-living center. He was 82.

A Republican who won a special election in 1970 in the then-rural 27th District, Dr. Truban served as Senate minority leader until November 1991 and retired in 1992. During his time as Republican floor leader, the party held no more than 10 of the Senate’s 40 seats. It now is the majority party.

Dr. Truban was the sole Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. He helped secure funding for a veterinary school at Virginia Tech that is now known as the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

As a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), Dr. Truban in 1990 proposed establishing a state cash reserve to protect Virginia’s bond rating and keep the state on firm financial footing during economic downturns. The proposal initially failed, but JLARC revised it in 1991.

Voters ratified the Virginia Revenue Stabilization Fund, better known as the rainy-day fund, in 1992, and it became law in 1993.

Dr. Truban earned three Bronze Stars while serving in the Army Air Forces in Asia during World War II. After veterinary school, he opened Shenandoah Animal Hospital in Woodstock, which he later ran with his son, Thomas S. Truban.

Mr. Truban is survived by his wife, Mildred Truban, and six children.

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