Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ALABAMA EXPOSURE: State Rep. Yvonne Kennedy Dies after Illness

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ALABAMA EXPOSURE: State Rep. Yvonne Kennedy Dies after Illness

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State Rep. Yvonne Kennedy of Mobile died Dec. 8 after a short illness.

The Democrat died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, her family said.

Her funeral was to have been Saturday.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard praised the 67-year-old long-time legislator and former two-year college president.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our colleague and friend Rep. Yvonne Kennedy," Hubbard said. "She was a respected colleague and a tireless advocate for education in Alabama."

Hubbard served with Kennedy for 14 years. She was in the Legislature for 33 years.

Voters fill vacant House seats in special elections

Voters filled two vacant state House seats last week.

Etowah and St. Clair county voters elected Etowah County Republican school board member Mack Butler of Rainbow City to the House District 30 seat vacated by Rep. Blaine Galliher, R-Rainbow City.

Galliher resigned to become legislative director to Gov. Robert Bentley. Butler defeated Democrat Beth McGlaughn, an attorney from Southside.

Voters in Blount and Jefferson counties elected former Blount County Probate Judge David Standridge to the House District 34 seat.

Standridge defeated Chris Latta in the Republican primary runoff.

Because of a quirk in the law, the runoff was the general election because no third-party or independent candidate signed up.

He succeeds Rep. Elwyn Thomas, R--Oneonta, who Bentley appointed administrator of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.

The death of Kennedy and the resignation of Rep. Jeremy Oden, R- Eva, leave two vacancies in the 105-member House.

Oden was appointed to the Public Service Commission to fill the seat left open when Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh was elected president of the PSC in November.

The 35-member Senate also has a vacancy. Sen. Ben Brooks, R-- Mobile, resigned earlier this month to prepare for his new position as Mobile County circuit judge next month.

Former longtime state representatives die

Former state Reps. Charles -Martin and James Jordan Plaster Sr. died recently. Martin, 81, died Dec. 8 at Decatur General Hospital. Martin was a Decatur City Councilman and served in the House for eight years (1974-78, 1982-83) and four in the Senate (1978-82). …

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