FEBRUARY 20, 2007 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Former longtime Missouri House member Gene Copeland has died.
Copeland represented southeast Missouri in the House from 1961 to 1999 as a Democrat from New Madrid. The House said he passed away yesterday morning. Copeland was 74 years old.
He served for about a dozen years as the secretary of the House Democratic Caucus. He was also a Navy veteran.
Governor Blunt praised his contributions on agriculture and water transportation issues.