Democratic state senator David Bradley dies at 69

A top Arizona Democrat died yesterday, and flags around the state are now flying at half-mast by order of the governor.

Yahoo News reports:

Former state Sen. David Bradley, whose public service career spanned more than two decades and included time in the Navy and Arizona Legislature, died on Saturday, officials announced. He was 69.

“We’re deeply saddened by Dave’s passing. We’ve been really uplifted today by the outpouring of tributes that we’re reading online, throughout Arizona,” Debra D’Amore, Bradley’s wife, told The Arizona Republic.

According to a statement released by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, “Senator Bradley gave 25 years to public service, serving in the Navy, as a social worker for the state, and in the Arizona Legislature, where he served for 16 years. While in the Senate, he served as Minority Leader for two years, during which he worked across the aisle to advance important priorities. He was a licensed professional counselor and played an integral role in youth development.”

Most commentators agreed – Bradley was an old-school Democrat, very unlike the radicals of today’s party.