- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

Pete Livermore, who was finishing up his second term as a Republican lawmaker in the Nevada Assembly, died unexpectedly Monday in his hometown of Carson City. He was 73.

Sheriff Ken Furlong said rescuers were called midmorning to reports that Livermore was in cardiac arrest at his home. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Carson Tahoe hospital.

“I am saddened today to hear of the passing of Assemblyman Pete Livermore,” Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick said in a statement. “Pete was always full of life, and a fantastic friend in Carson City, a town he chose to raise his family in, start his career, and loved so dearly.”

Born in Louisiana, Livermore served in the Marine Corps and came to the region when he was stationed at the Pickel Meadows military training center in Northern California, according to Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey.

He later made his home in the state’s capital and became “the de facto Mr. Carson City,” Hickey said, serving 12 years on the Carson City Board of Supervisors and 25 years as president of the Carson City Youth Sports Association.

As a lawmaker, he was particularly passionate about issues affecting his town, including a plan to preserve the shuttered Nevada State Prison as a historical site.

“Pete Livermore was a champion of Carson City. His legacy touched the lives of countless families across Northern Nevada through his commitment to youth athletics and public service,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. “I had great respect for Pete and his passion for helping others. He always brightened everyone’s day with his attitude, smile and kindness.”

Livermore decided to retire rather than run for a third term in November, and had endorsed a fellow Republican, Philip P.K. O’Neill, for his seat.

“He was aware that he had certain health challenges and made the wise decision of retiring on his own terms,” Hickey said. “He was enjoying his retirement and had endorsed another individual who he felt good about.”

Livermore was married to Laurie and had three children and four grandchildren, according to his legislative biography.

He is the third Assembly member to die in office in just over one year. Democratic Assemblyman Joe Hogan died Friday in Virginia, about seven weeks after suffering a massive stroke. He was 77.

Democratic Assemblywoman Peggy Pierce died Oct. 10, 2013, after a battling a third bout of breast cancer. She was 59.

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