In this May 27, 2019, file photo, Democratic Leader David Bradley, right, speaks with Senate Majority Leader Rick Gray, left, a Republican at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. Republican and Democratic leaders in the Arizona Senate expect a short but ugly annual session when lawmakers return to the Capitol on January 13, 2020. Republican Senate Speaker Karen Fann and Bradley both used the short but ugly description when asked what they expected for the upcoming session in recent interviews. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
(AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
PHOENIX — Former Arizona Sen. David Bradley, a longtime Democrat, died on Saturday.
His death was announced by the office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. A cause was not mentioned.
Ducey order flags on all state buildings are to be flown at half-mast on Sundays from sunrise to sunset in his honor.
“David has worked tirelessly to make Arizona a better place, whether through elected office, as a youth counselor, or through his work for nonprofits,” Ducey said in a statement. “He cared deeply about doing what was best for Arizonans, and I have the utmost respect for him.”
The Arizona senator added that during Bradley’s time in the Senate, he had a lasting impact on the state and “lived as an example that working across the aisle, for a common good , benefits all Arizonans.”
He died in California surrounded by his family and leaves behind his wife, four children and six grandchildren, Arizona House Democrats said in a press release.
Bradley served 16 years in the Arizona Legislature after completing his time in the Navy and working as a social worker for the state. He served as the Arizona State Representative for District 28 from 2003 to 2011 and later became a member of the Arizona State Senate representing District 10.
“It goes without saying that he was a capable legislator, but he will also be remembered for the kindness and dignity he showed to others,” Democratic Whip Domingo DeGrazia said in the statement.
“He worked tirelessly to find help for children and families through years of tough budget decisions. He will be missed the most in difficult political times because in difficult situations he always had a joke and a kind smile that put people at ease and helped discussions move forward.