MATHEWS, Va. (AP) - Stanford E. Parris, a former Virginia congressman who served six terms and was an Air Force pilot during the Korean War, has died. He was 80.
Parris' former chief of staff, Dick Leggett, tells The Associated Press that the former congressman died from heart disease Saturday at his home in Mathews County in rural northern Virginia.
Leggett says Parris had a major impact on northern Virginia by supporting flood-control projects and bridges, among other things.
The Republican ran for governor in 1985 and 1989.
He served in Congress from 1973-74 and then returned from 1981 through 1990.
He was a member of the Banking and Finance Committee and cautioned about the looming savings and loan crisis. He was born in Champaign, Ill.