Kansas Rep. Mike Peterson dies after long illness
02/18/2014 12:54 PM
02/18/2014 1:00 PM
Kansas House officials say Rep. Mike Peterson, one of the Kansas Legislature's longest-serving members, has died after a lengthy illness at the age of 72.
The office of House Minority Leader Paul Davis confirmed Peterson, a Democrat from Kansas City, died early Tuesday at a Kansas City-area hospital.
Peterson, an attorney, served in the 32nd House district from 1979 to 1990 and was re-elected in 2005. He served on the House Federal and State Committee and the Redistricting Committee.
After news of his death spread at the Capitol, Davis led the House in a moment of silence. He called Peterson a "great friend and colleague."
House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stillwell Republican, said funeral services had not been scheduled.
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