West Virginia House Delegate Frank Deem dies at 90

October 10, 2018

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia House Del. Frank Deem, who served in the legislature for decades, has died. He was 90.

West Virginia House of Delegates spokesman Jared Hunt said Deem died Wednesday morning at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.

House Speaker Roger Hanshaw said in a statement that Deem, a Republican, devoted his life to serving the people of West Virginia and “leaves behind a legacy of fierce advocacy for conservative principles that have made West Virginia a better place.” He said Deem’s “character, experience and statesmanship will be irreplaceable in the Legislature.”

Deem served in the Navy before his election to the House in 1954. He served on and off in the House and Senate over the six decades, spending a total of 48 years as a lawmaker.

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