Former San Antonio State Rep. Ruth McClendon dies

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, foreground, is handed a proposed amendment to her homebuilders regulation legislation during the session in the Texas House of Representatives Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in Austin, Texas. Her proposal, to overhaul the Texas Residential Construction Commission in response to a state report that found the agency ineffective, would introduce more regulation of homebuilders, including a provision to make it easier for homeowners to file complaints and resolve disputes. Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, is in the background on the left. Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, is in the background on the right. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, foreground, is handed a proposed amendment to her homebuilders regulation legislation during the session in the Texas House of Representatives Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in Austin, Texas. Her proposal, to overhaul the Texas Residential Construction Commission in response to a state report that found the agency ineffective, would introduce more regulation of homebuilders, including a provision to make it easier for homeowners to file complaints and resolve disputes. Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, is in the background on the left. Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, is in the background on the right. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — San Antonio news outlets are reporting former state lawmaker Ruth Jones McClendon has passed away.

WOAI reports State Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins confirmed McClendon, 74, died Tuesday morning. She had battled brain cancer and in 2014 underwent an operation to remove water on her brain.

The San Antonio democrat served as a state representative for 20 years. She resigned from her Texas House seat in 2016. During her last legislative session in 2015, she had to use a motorized wheelchair to get around.

Fellow lawmakers and friends posted about McClendon’s passing:

Congressman Lloyd Doggett said in a statement, “Her legacy of public service continues to inspire us to work for causes she championed, including access to healthcare and helping all students fulfill their God-given potential.”

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