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Former Arkansas US Rep. Jay Dickey dies at 77

Updated Friday, April 21, 2017 | 9:04 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jay Dickey has died at the age of 77.

Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, confirmed Dickey's death, but did not give any details of his death.

Dickey was elected to Congress to represent Arkansas in 1993. He served until after being defeated for re-election in 2000. Dickey was the first Republican to be elected to his Pine Bluff-area district since Reconstruction.

Dickey also served as city attorney for his hometown of Pine Bluff from 1968 to 1970. He was later appointed to serve as an Arkansas Supreme Court special justice.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson says in a statement Friday that he's never seen someone as determined as Dickey to fight for the people of his district.