- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Rep. Lesley Vance, who served in the Alabama Legislature for more than 20 year, died Tuesday after an extended illness.

He was 76 years old.

House of Representatives spokesman Clay Redden confirmed Vance’s death Tuesday.

Vance, a funeral home owner from Phenix City, was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1994. He switched to the Republican Party in 2010.

He was the owner of Vance Memorial Chapel and had served as Russell County coroner for 27 years. He was also a member of the Russell County Commission for two years. At the time of his death, he was chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

“Today, the citizens of Russell and Lee counties and the entire state of Alabama lost a great leader in the passing of Representative Lesley Vance. Chairman Vance was a fine man and an effective legislator who nobly fought for his constituents for more than 20 years,” Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said in a statement.

Vance is survived by his wife Pat and three children.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Gov. Robert Bentley will call a special election to fill the vacancy.

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