Former Arizona Senator David T. Bradley passed away Saturday, according to Governor Doug Ducey's office.
Arizona House Democrats say Bradley passed in California surrounded by his family.
He was 69 years old.
"Arizona is saddened by the passing of Senator David Bradley," Governor Ducey said. "My deepest condolences go out to his wife Debbie, and his family and loved ones. Senator Bradley had an unwavering dedication to serving the people of Arizona, and we honor his life and years of public service. He was a true statesman who made a positive impact on the lives of many Arizonans across our state."
"Senator Bradley was a respected statesman and mentor to those following in his footsteps," said Democratic Whip Domingo DeGrazia, D-Tucson. "It goes without saying that he was a skilled lawmaker, but he will also be remembered for the kindness and dignity he showed to others. With a big heart and humble demeanor, he would always lift up the accomplishments of his colleagues without mentioning his own. He worked tirelessly to find help for kids and families through years of tough budget decisions. We will miss him most in difficult political times, because in tough situations he always had a joke and a kind smile that put people at ease and helped discussions move forward."
Senator Bradley served in the Navy, was a licensed professional counselor, worked as a social worker, and served in the Arizona Legislature. In the Senate, he served as Minority Leader.
Governor Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Sunday.
Bradley leaves behind a wife, four children, and six grandchildren.