NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former state lawmaker has died after suffering a massive heart attack.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the family of Charles Lancaster Jr. confirmed his death early Friday. He was 74.

Lancaster represented Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans, in the Louisiana House of Representatives for 32 years. His decades of work led to his induction this year into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.

Lancaster was the first Republican to represent Jefferson Parish in the state Legislature since the Reconstruction Era. He left in 2008 because of term limits. Jefferson now has more elected Republicans than any other parish in the state.

Along with former Gov. David Treen, Lancaster also played a role in building the modern Republican Party in Louisiana, now a red state.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com