Minnesota state lawmaker dies from COVID-19 complications
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A state senator from St. Cloud has died of complications related to COVID-19.
The Star Tribune reports 76-year-old Jerry Relph was the first Minnesota lawmaker to succumb to the virus.
Relph was among a number of Republican legislators who contracted COVID-19 after contact with colleagues in mid-November.
At the time, Rachel Aplikowski, the Senate GOP spokeswoman, said Relph tested positive after having had close contact with someone in the chamber who had the virus.
In a statement confirming the news of Relph’s death late Friday, his wife, Pegi Broker-Relph, said her husband “dedicated his life to service.”
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