- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) - Kingsport Circuit Court Judge Mike Faulk, a former Tennessee senator and Hawkins County commissioner, has died. He was 61.

Administrative Office of the Courts spokeswoman Michele Wojciechowski told The Associated Press that Faulk passed away on Tuesday.

She didn’t have details about how he died. But the Kingsport Times-News reported Wednesday that Faulk disclosed earlier this year he was being treated for cancer of the esophagus, and that the cancer had spread to his liver.

Faulk, a Church Hill attorney, served one term in the Tennessee state Senate before being appointed circuit judge by fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in 2013.

“It was a privilege to work with Mike during his time in the state Senate and an honor to appoint him to the bench,” Haslam said in a statement. “Mike spent his life serving others, and I will miss him.”

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