BRIDGEPORT (AP) — Connecticut state flags are flying at half-staff to honor a state lawmaker who died suddenly.
Gov. Ned Lamont says Democratic state Rep. Ezequiel Santiago “was a man who truly loved public service and his hometown of Bridgeport.”
Friend and state Rep. Chris Rosario tells the Connecticut Post that Santiago had a heart attack Friday morning. He was 45.
Santiago was raised in Bridgeport and first served on the City Council before being elected to the General Assembly a decade ago.
Santiago, known to his friends as “Zeke,” was chairman of the Banking Committee and sat on the Appropriations and Commerce committees.
Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said she was “profoundly saddened” to learn of Santiago’s death.
State flags will stay lowered until the day of burial, which has not been determined.
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