HOUSTON - State Rep. Ken Legler, of Pasadena, has died from an apparent heart attack.
Brad Tegeler, Legler's chief of staff, told the Associated Press the 54-year-old Republican died Friday.
Legler had served in the Texas House since 2008. He served on the House environmental regulation and pension committees.
Both Republicans and Democrats have mourned Legler's death.
Legler is survived by his wife and three children.
Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement regarding the death of Rep. Ken Legler.
"Ken was a dedicated public servant who enthusiastically represented the people of his district throughout his time in Austin. He knew the value of hard work and was always ready to take on the issues that were important to his constituency. Anita and I extend our sincere condolences and prayers to his wife, Barbara, their three children and his extended family and friends."
Perry ordered Texas and U.S. flags statewide to be lowered to half-staff immediately. Flags outside House District 144 should return to full-staff on Sunday. Flags in Texas House District 144 should remain at half-staff through sunset on the day of the funeral.
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