Three-time Arkansas lawmaker passes away after cancer battle

Three-time Arkansas lawmaker passes away after cancer battle

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Three-time State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin of Monticello has died after battling cancer. She was 69.

Taylor Riddle, director of the Arkansas House of Representatives Democratic Caucus, says Lampkin died Saturday, days after announcing she wouldn't seek another term due to her illness.

The Democrat began her career as a teacher and demonstrated a passion for working with special education students, dedicating more than 30 years of service to students.

After retiring, she spent six years as a member of the state House of Representatives, where she served as vice chair of the House Education Committee.

Democratic House Leader Michael John Gray says Lampkin was always striving to show compassion for children and families in her district and set an example for fellow lawmakers.

Services are pending.

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