- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Rep. Alfred Williams, a Baton Rouge lawmaker who chaired the House labor committee, has died. He was 64.

The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus said Williams died Tuesday from complications from knee surgery.

Williams, a lawyer, was in his first House term. The Democrat, who had been long active in Baton Rouge politics, was a former school board member and had worked as assistant chief administration officer for Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.

Most recently, Williams fought to redesign the Baton Rouge City Court districts to provide more minority representation.

“Alfred was a true public servant, a consummate professional and a caring soul who will be greatly missed by our entire chamber,” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said in a statement.

Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, chairwoman of the black caucus, said Williams “treated everyone with respect and kindness.”

In a statement, Gov. Bobby Jindal described Williams as “a spirited and thoughtful leader who reached across party lines to serve the community he so loved.” He ordered flags to be flown at half-staff across Louisiana state buildings in memoriam of the lawmaker.

Funeral arrangements for Williams weren’t immediately available Wednesday. Jindal’s executive order expires at sunset Friday.

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