KC State Representative Dies | Brownback Orders Flags Lowered

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Credit: Kansas House Democratic Caucus

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW/AP) - Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of State Rep. Michael Peterson.

House Minority Leader Paul Davis' office confirmed Peterson passed away Tuesday at a Kansas City-area hospital following a lengthy illness. Peterson was 72-years old.

Davis called Peterson a "great friend and colleague." He also said he will miss Peterson's insight and experience.

Peterson was among the legislature's longest-serving members. He was first elected in 1979 to represent the 32nd House District, encompassing part of Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County. The attorney served until 1990, then was re-elected in 2005.

Brownback ordered flags lowered through sundown on the day of Peterson's interment, which has not yet been announced.

“Representative Mike Peterson was a life-long public servant and proud Kansan,” Brownback said. “Mike was a man of his word and served the people of Wyandotte County well. My prayers and thoughts are with his wife Robin, and the family and friends who he loved so dearly. Rep. Peterson will be greatly missed.”

"Wyandotte County and Democrats across Kansas have lost a passionate leader and good man," Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair said upon learning of Rep. Peterson's passing. "I had the pleasure and privilege of serving with Mike in the Kansas Legislature and know Kansas is a better place today because of his two decades of dedicated service"

Peterson had served on the House Federal and State Affairs Committee and the Redistricting Committee.

Posted by Melissa Brunner

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