Former Arizona lawmaker David Bradley dies at 69

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PHOENIX — David Bradley, a Democrat from Tucson who served 16 years in the Arizona Legislature with stints in both houses and who was hailed by former colleagues as a compassionate lawyer and caring public servant, is died on Saturday. He was 69 years old.

Bradley “died in California surrounded by his family,” Minority Whip Domingo DeGrazia said in a statement on behalf of House Democrats. “It goes without saying that he was a competent legislator, but he will also be remembered for the kindness and dignity he showed to others.”

There was a tribute to Bradley on the Senate floor on Wednesday, which Senate Democratic spokeswoman Josselyn Berry later said was prompted by the fact that Bradley was very ill with cancer and decided to stop treatment.

Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags on all state buildings to be lowered to half-mast on Sunday to honor Bradley, who the Republican governor said “has worked tirelessly to make Arizona a better place.”

“During his time in the Senate, he lived as an example that working across the aisle, for a common good, benefits all Arizonans,” Ducey said in a statement. “Whether it’s expanding educational opportunities for foster children, battling the opioid epidemic, or embracing the drought emergency plan, he’s had a lasting impact on our state. .”

During Wednesday’s Senate tribute, a videotape was released of Bradley giving the Senate’s daily opening prayer on May 1, 2019, as lawmakers neared the end of their annual session.

“Let’s lower our voices, let the smart and flippant remarks give way to the thoughtful and insightful, let’s unite our heads and our hearts to formulate a budget that uplifts people,” Bradley said in part of the prayer. “Because beyond these walls, there are lives to be saved. There is work to do. The young, the old, the infirm await our decisions.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said she had the privilege of serving in the Senate with Bradley.

Hobbs said on Twitter: When Bradley spoke, “people listened, because what he said mattered. He challenged all of us to do better for the most vulnerable Arizonans.

Bradley is survived by his wife, Debra D’Amore, four children and six grandchildren.

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This story has been updated to correct that the Senate tribute to Bradley took place on Wednesday, not Thursday.

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