State Rep. Ken Legler, R-Pasadena, passed away Friday, according to the Texas House speaker’s office. He was 54.
The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, according to his office.
Legler was first elected to represent part of Harris County in 2008. He announced in March that he wouldn’t seek re-election.
Legler was president of Houston Wire Works in South Houston. Before his election, he served as chairman of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency National Advisory Board and on the boards of the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Business.
Legler’s survivors include his wife, Barbara, three children and one grandchild.
My sincere condolences to Rep. Legler’s family and friends. BOR has a statement from Mary Ann Perez, Democratic nominee for HD-144, and you can see a lot of other tributes and reactions on Twitter. Rest in peace, Rep. Legler.