Former Democratic lawmaker from Tahlequah dies

November 12, 2018 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic former state legislator who was a Vietnam veteran has died.

A family friend of former state Sen. Jim Wilson says Wilson died Sunday at his home in Tahlequah after a bout with cancer. Wilson was 71.

Friend and former state Sen. Kenneth Corn says Wilson had a reputation for defending the rights of the poor and vulnerable during his legislative career. Wilson served two terms in the state House before moving to the Senate, where he served from 2004 to 2012.

Wilson unsuccessfully sued Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and GOP leaders in the Legislature after redistricting in 2011, arguing the new maps were politically motivated.

Wilson also ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. House in 2010, losing to then-U.S. Rep. Dan Boren in the primary.