RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It was a long road home, but Lt. Governor Bill Bolling is back in Richmond after being stuck in Italy. Bolling was one of hundreds of thousands of passengers whose flights were canceled because of the Icelandic volcano.
Mister Bolling was supposed to be back in Richmond to preside over Wednesday's session of the General Assembly, but didn't get back to the U.S. until more than 24 hours after the session took place.
Unlike many of the travelers who fell victim to the volcano, Bolling had a warm place to stay. He and his wife were anxious to get back, but were able to enjoy their extended time in Italy. Bolling has served in various capacities in the General Assembly for 15 years, and up until this week, he had never missed a session.
"I've served when I had a cold, I've served when I had the flu, and I even served for about 10 days a couple of years ago when I had laryngitis so bad I couldn't talk. But I just couldn't tackle an Icelandic volcano. That was beyond my capability to respond to," said Bolling.
Bolling and his wife Jean Ann went from Florence to Frankfurt Germany, before finally connecting back to Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. He arrived stateside around 4:00 Thursday afternoon.
The Lt. Governor was there as part of a trade symposium conducted by James Madison University.
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