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Former Arizona lawmaker Olivia Cajero Bedford dies at age 83

February 11, 2022 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona lawmaker Olivia Cajero Bedford, who served eight years in both the state House and Senate, has died. She was 83.

Bedford’s death was announcement Thursday on the Senate floor.

Bedford, a Democrat who represented Tucson, was in the state House from 2003-10 and the state Senate from 2011-18.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Bedford was among a line of Cajeros that served in the state Legislature almost continuously for more than 40 years.

“Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford embodied strength, perseverance and sophistication,” Ducey said in a statement. “Like her parents, she believed in the value of public service and was committed to ensuring the people of her southern Arizona district were well represented.”

Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday to honor Bedford.