intro’d to Creigh & Gus here:
Nationwide, since 2008, states have cut $4.5 billion from mental health care funding.
Robert Creigh Deeds (/ˈkriː/; born January 4, 1958) is an American politician. He is a member of the Senate of Virginiarepresenting the 25th district since 2001. Previously, he was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Virginia in 2005 and Governor of Virginia in 2009. He was defeated in both of those races by Bob McDonnell. Deeds lost by just 323 votes in 2005, but was defeated by a wide margin of almost 18 percentage points in 2009. He was a member of theVirginia House of Delegates from 1992 to 2001.
On November 19, 2013, Deeds was critically wounded during an incident at his home in Millboro, in Bath County, Virginia, where he was stabbed multiple times by his son Austin “Gus” Deeds. Gus was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the home. Senator Deeds recovered and was discharged three days later.
- Deeds voted to designate English as the official language of the Commonwealth.
- Deeds voted to make undocumented immigrants ineligible for state and local benefits.
- Deeds voted against a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates.
- Deeds supports removing the “trigger-man” clause, which restricts the death penalty to those who physically committed the action, in Virginia capital punishment law.
- In 2005, Deeds said that he disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling (Roper v. Simmons) making it unconstitutional to execute juveniles. He argued that it was the jury’s duty to determine when and where the death penalty should come into play.