- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

BENTLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) - J. Barry Stout, who spent nearly four decades as a Pennsylvania lawmaker, has died. He was 79.

Stout’s death was confirmed by his daughter, Lisa Stout-Bashioum, and first reported by the (Washington) Observer-Reporter. Stout died at his Bentleyville home on Saturday evening.

The Democrat was elected to the state House in 1971 where he served until he ran for the Senate and took hat that office in 1977. Stout remained in the Senate until he retired in 2010, becoming the Democratic chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. He was proud of the Mon-Fayette Expressway and Southern Beltway, two transportation projects meant to improve access to the Monongahela River Valley, which he served.

The Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home in Bentleyville is handling visitation Wednesday and Thursday. Friday’s funeral is at the First Presbyterian Church in Bentleyville.

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