The Clarion Ledger reports Speaker Philip Gunn’s office has confirmed the death of longtime state Rep. Esther Harrison of Columbus.

Harrison, a former teacher who turned 69 on Wednesday, served in the House District 41 seat in Lowndes County since 2000.

She was vice chairwoman of the State Library Committee, and formerly served as chairwoman. She served on Ways and Means, Investigating State Offices, Ports Harbors and Airports and Tourism committees and was a former chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus.

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