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Arkansans react following Senator Greg Standridge's death at age 50

Arkansas Senator Greg Standridge passed away Thursday morning at the age of 50 following his battle with cancer.

Arkansas Senator Greg Standridge passed away Thursday morning at the age of 50 following his battle with cancer, according to officials.

A native of Russellville, Sen. Standridge represented Senate District 16, comprised of Pope and Newton counties as well as parts of Boone, Carroll and Van Buren counties.

He was elected to his position in 2015 during a special election.

During his time in the Arkansas Senate, he served as co-chairman of the Rural Fire Departments Study Committee.

In the 90th General Assembly, he was a member of Senate Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs; Senate City, County and Local Affairs; Senate Children and Youth; Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission Oversight; Intermodal Transportation and Commerce Task Force; Economic and Tax Policy and Boys State

Standridge, an insurance agent and president of CSI Insurance professionally, was also a volunteer fireman and a member of the Pope County EMS Rescue Squad.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released this statement following Greg's passing.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Senator Standridge’s family and his friends during this time. As a state legislator, Senator Standridge worked hard for the people of Arkansas, and his passing marks a loss for us all.

Representative Steve Womack said his thoughts and prayers are with Greg's family and friends.

President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang released this statement following Greg's death:

I am deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague, Senator Standridge. To know Greg was to love him. He brought joy and kindness with him wherever he went.
He served his constituents wholeheartedly, and he was led by his faith and by his conscience. Our prayers are with Karen and their children, and we are forever grateful to them for sharing Greg with us. I am a better person because of his friendship and the state of Arkansas is better because of his leadership. We will miss him dearly.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin also issued a statement regarding Greg's passing:

I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend Sen. Greg Standridge after his courageous battle with cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Greg was a tireless advocate, and this is a tremendous loss to our state. My heart also goes out to his friends and colleagues in the Senate as we grieve the loss of one of our own.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had this to say about Senator Greg Standridge.

I am saddened by the passing of Sen. Greg Standridge—a friend and dedicated public servant. I recently visited with Greg in his home, and even with his illness, he was a source of encouragement and strength. Greg served his community with distinction, and he loved his family most of all. Greg’s passing is a great loss for our state, and he will be missed.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released this statement on Sen. Standridge's death:

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Sen. Greg Strandridge. Greg was a friend, a fighter and a man of faith. Not a day went by when he was not working to help his community and even as he faced his difficult diagnosis, he was always a source of encouragement and inspiration. My prayers are with Karen, their children, his constituents in District 16 and his colleagues in the Arkansas State Senate.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman had this to say regarding Standridge's passing:

I'm incredibly saddened to learn Senator Standridge passed away after battling cancer. Greg answered the call to public service, admirably serving his constituents even through illness. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones as they mourn his loss and celebrate his life.

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