State Representative Bill Grant (D) of Walla Walla, is the second state Legislator to die this past week. Rep. Grant, who was 71, passed away on Sunday. He had been battling lung cancer. Grant served as the House Democratic Caucus Chair.
Representative Steve Hailey, (R) of the Tri Cities died December 28th of colon cancer.
Speaker Frank Chopp issued the following statement by e-mail this morning:
"I am very saddened by the loss of Bill Grant, and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and his children and grandchildren. Bill was one-of-a-kind. He was a man of the land, and he brought his farmer’s values of community, hard work and perseverance to the House of Representatives where he served for 22 years. Throughout his career, everyone who met him appreciated his honesty, generosity, and wonderful sense of humor. I was proud to call Bill my colleague and grateful to call him my friend. He will be deeply missed."