Former state Rep. Keith English, who had represented the north St. Louis County area for two terms as a Democrat and an independent, has died.
State Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh, a Democrat from Bellefontaine Neighbors, said Wednesday that she had learned of his death in the morning from his relatives.
Details of his death are still being determined. He had been living in the Jefferson City or Columbia areas since he lost his House seat in 2016.
English had been a union electrician when he was first elected to the House as a Democrat in 2012. English, 50, was defeated in 2016 by Democrat Jay Mosley.
At the time, English was an independent. He had left the Democratic Party in early 2015 in a dispute with House Democratic leaders over a tax-cut vote in which English sided with Republicans.
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