LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Jay Dickey has died at the age of 77.
Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, confirmed Dickey's death, but did not give any details of his death.
Dickey was elected to Congress to represent Arkansas in 1993. He served until after being defeated for re-election in 2000. Dickey was the first Republican to be elected to his Pine Bluff-area district since Reconstruction.
Dickey also served as city attorney for his hometown of Pine Bluff from 1968 to 1970. He was later appointed to serve as an Arkansas Supreme Court special justice.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson says in a statement Friday that he's never seen someone as determined as Dickey to fight for the people of his district.
Congressman Bruce Westerman released a statement that reads as follows:
“Jay Dickey was a trailblazer in Arkansas politics, becoming the first Republican elected to represent the Fourth Congressional District. During his four terms in Congress, Jay advocated for the people of Arkansas as a member of the Appropriations Committee and stood for small town values during his time in Washington.
Jay was more than a congressman. He was a dedicated public servant for decades before running for the Fourth District seat, holding the positions of Pine Bluff city attorney and justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. But above all, he was devoted to his family and was a man of faith.
I mourn Jay's passing and will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Fmr Congressman close friend for 37 yrs and duck hunting pal Jay Dickey died last nite. Strong believer and good man. Wonderful family. Sad— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 21, 2017
RIP Cong. Jay Dickey, my good friend. He loved the Lord. Was an Arkansas original-one of a kind.… https://t.co/Ab4p0XkV0r— Tim Griffin (@TG4Arkansas) April 21, 2017