Longtime Arizona Rep. Frank Pratt has died following a long illness. He was 79.
Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Pratt’s death on Tuesday and called the Republican from Casa Grande “an irreplaceable figure in the Arizona state Legislature.”
Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday in Pratt's honor.
Pratt was a farmer and rancher before forming a swimming pool construction business in 1986.
He had served in the Legislature since 2009, bouncing back and forth between the House and Senate.
On Christmas Day in 2010, Pratt was tied up and beaten in a robbery at his business.
Pratt’s 8th Legislative District includes parts of Pinal and Gila counties, stretching as far south as Oracle.
Current law dictates that the successor chosen to complete the remainder of his term must be a Republican.