Oklahoma State Rep. David Brumbaugh Dies at 56
UPDATE: April 18, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.
Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives honored late state Rep. David Brumbaugh this morning.
On Monday, a folded United States flag was placed in Brumbaugh's desk and an Oklahoma flag was draped across his empty chair. Brumbaugh was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army’s legendary 101st Airborne Division.
House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka said every member of the House and their staff will miss him.
"David was a serious lawmaker, and he really believed in the work he was doing on behalf of his constituents. He was one of the kindest and most sincere men I have ever known. He had many friends on both sides of the aisle and most who knew him held a deep respect for him inside and outside the Capitol."
Funeral services have not been announced.
The Oklahoma House speaker's office says state Rep. David Brumbaugh has died. He was 56.
Office spokesman Jason Sutton says in a statement that Brumbaugh's family confirmed he died Saturday evening. The cause of death was not immediately known.
The Republican from Broken Arrow was elected to the House in 2010, and currently served as the chairman of the House Republican Caucus.
According to the House website, Brumbaugh was an Army veteran and an ordained deacon.
Gov. Mary Fallin said on Twitter late Saturday that she was "terribly saddened" by the news.
I am terribly saddened to hear the news of the sudden passing of Rep. David Brumbaugh. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.— Governor Mary Fallin (@GovMaryFallin) April 16, 2017
Brumbaugh recently sponsored a bill that would allow science teachers to teach creationism alongside evolution in the classroom. A House committee passed the measure Thursday.
Brumbaugh was married and had two daughters. Sutton says funeral services are pending.
I'm so saddened to hear of the sudden death of Rep. David Brumbaugh. Cindy & I pray for his friends & family.— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) April 16, 2017
My friend, colleague, and classmate Rep. David Brumbaugh suddenly passed away tonight. Prayers for his sweet family. A sad day for Oklahoma.— Rep. Josh Cockroft (@RepJoshCockroft) April 16, 2017
Rep. Brumbaugh was a true servant leader. Oklahoma lost a great man. My prayers are with his family and friends.— Jon Echols (@jonechols) April 16, 2017