State Rep. Diane Loeffler dead at 66 following cancer battle

She was elected to eight terms in the state legislature.
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Minnesota lawmakers are mourning the death of one of their own, state Rep. Diane Loeffler. 

The 66-year-old DFLer, who was in her eighth term in the state legislature, died on Saturday. 

An announcement from House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said that Loeffler “had battled cancer, and recently the cancer returned," per Session Daily, the legislature's news service.

The service notes that Loeffler was involved in a number of committees; she chaired the House Property and Local Tax Division, and also served on the full House Taxes Committee as well as health and human services committees. 

She was a graduate of both Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, according to her legislature bio. 

Following the announcement of her death, a number of elected officials — including Gov. Tim Walz — took to Twitter to share their condolences:

Loeffler represented District 60A, which covers northeast Minneapolis. 

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