- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - David Stanley, a former Iowa lawmaker who helped start a tax reduction lobbying group, has died.

Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine says Stanley died Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at the church on Sept. 26.

Stanley, a Republican, was first elected to the legislature in 1959. He served several terms in both chambers between the 1960s and 1970s, eventually becoming Senate majority leader.

Stanley was chairman of Iowans for Tax Relief, a lobbying group he helped create. He also held leadership roles for groups including National Taxpayers Union and United Marriage Encounter.

Gov. Terry Branstad said in a statement that Stanley was a “strong and effective” voice in the legislature. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a statement that said Stanley dedicated himself to reducing taxes for Iowa residents.

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