Kansas Rep. Mike Peterson dies after long illness

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – 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.

“We lost a great friend and colleague in Mike Peterson,” said House Minority Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence. “I genuinely enjoyed working with him and will miss his insight and expertise. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family.”

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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