Former Ore. House Speaker Lynn Lundquist dies

Former Ore. House Speaker Lynn Lundquist dies
FILE – Former speaker of the Oregon House Lynn Lundquist appears here as president of the Oregon Business Association during a January 2004 debate on Measure 30, which was about an income tax surcharge. Lundquist died Tuesday morning at the age of 78. (KATU News file photo)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former speaker of the Oregon House Lynn Lundquist has died. He was 78.

Lundquist's daughter, Brenda Blankenship, says he died suddenly Tuesday morning.

Lundquist was elected to the state House in 1994 and became speaker two years later. After one term as speaker, he was ousted by fellow Republican Rep. Lynn Snodgrass.

He ran for secretary of state in 2000 but lost the GOP nomination to Snodgrass and became the first leader of the Oregon Business Association.

Lundquist owned a ranch near Powell Butte in Central Oregon. He served one term on the Crook County Court before losing his re-election bid in 2010.

He was remembered Tuesday by political leaders from both parties as an energetic voice committed to working across the aisle to make life better for Oregonians.

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