- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Colleagues of a longtime North Carolina House member who died last October recalled Paul Luebke as someone who loved politics and people and never hesitated from taking strong, principled stands.

The House passed a memorial resolution Monday honoring Luebke, a Durham Democrat who died at age 70 a year after announcing he had been diagnosed with lymphoma. Family and friends watched from the gallery as former allies and rivals praised his career.

Luebke was a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who joined the House in 1991, rising to become the chief finance committee chairman.

Luebke was a defender of liberal policies who sometimes found partners with fiscal conservatives on things like opposing large, targeted tax incentives. He also wrote books about North Carolina politics.

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