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Joe Montano, regional director for Sen. Kaine’s office, dies at 47

Joe Montano, the Northern Virginia regional director for vice presidential candidate and Sen. Tim Kaine, died at his Falls Church home this week at the age of 47.

Montano was, for many Northern Virginians, the face of Kaine's office. He was present at dozens of community events, business meetings and political gatherings.

“My staff and I are deeply saddened by the death of our Northern Virginia Regional Director,” Sen. Kaine said in a statement. “Joe was an outstanding representative of this office, enthusiastic servant of the people of Northern Virginia, and admired colleague by all who worked with him. We will remember him by his positive energy, tireless work ethic, and infectious smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s family.”

Montano's cause of death was unknown by several people who had worked with him.

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) also offered her condolences.

“Joe was the Senator’s face in the community, working on behalf of our mutual constituents,” Comstock said. “Joe’s knowledge, energy, and infectious humor and personality were part of his character and charm. His engaging style was his strongest quality and he will be missed not only by Team Kaine, as he liked to identify himself as part of, but by my staff who worked closely with him, and the constituency he served.”

Loudoun County School Board member Joy Maloney said she had known Montano since 2008. “A light in the world burnt out too soon,” Maloney noted on Facebook.

Montano's family was making arrangements for a service to be held in Montano's hometown area of Hampton Roads.

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