Congressman Denver Riggleman delivers speech honoring David King

May 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Riggleman spoke on the House floor today to honor his neighbor and constituent, David King.  Mr. King was the founder of King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia and he passed away on May 2nd of this year.   

"David was born in Houston, Texas, but moved to Virginia in 1995 and spent over two decades there," said Congressman Riggleman. "He will be remembered for his lasting contribution to the Virginia wine industry and his King Family Vineyards is one of my favorite places for a glass of wine." 


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You can watch the Congressman's remarks in full here and a transcript of the speech is provided below. 


Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to remember David King, an indominable family man and constituent of mine who passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer on May 2nd.  

David was born in Houston, Texas, but moved to Virginia in 1995 and spent over two decades there.  He will be remembered for his lasting contribution to the Virginia wine industry and his King Family Vineyards is one of my favorite places for a glass of wine. 

David served as chairman of the Virginia Wine Board and worked tirelessly as an advocate for vineyard agriculture and agritourism in Virginia.  He leaves an enormous legacy in both the Virginia wine industry and his local Crozet community.  

David is survived by his loving wife, Ellen, his six sons and daughters-in-law; Carrington and Corey, Stewart and Ali, James and Kelly, as well as his eight grandchildren. One of David’s favorite phrases was this, a rising tide lifts all boats. And David lived by that raising all of those around him in success, we will miss him dearly, and I yield my time.