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Alabama state Rep. David Wheeler dies at age 72

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Rep. David Wheeler, a Republican legislator from Vestavia Hills, died Wednesday, the Alabama Legislature announced. He was 72.

The Alabama House of Representatives announced his death in a news release. A retired employee of Alabama Power Company, Wheeler was elected in 2018 and was in his first term representing House District 47.

“The people of District 47 and all of Alabama have lost a devoted servant and I’ve lost a good friend,” House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said in a statement.

“It was rare that David came to the microphone to speak on legislation, but when he did his words carried weight. I’ll miss him and so will the members of the House,” McCutcheon said.

Gov. Kay Ivey directed flags to be flown at half-staff through sunset Thursday.

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