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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WDRB) - Former Indiana congressman Andy Jacobs, Jr. died at the age of 81 Saturday night.
The former US Representative from Indianapolis also served in the Marine Corps. He eventually held the same Indianapolis congressional seat as his father.
While in congress, Jacobs helped right the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Gary Taylor, a family friend and former campaign manager for Jacobs, said Saturday evening that the former Democratic lawmaker had died earlier in the day at his Indianapolis home.
Taylor said Jacobs had experienced declining health in recent years but said the cause of death was likely due to complications from old age.
According to his congressional biography, Jacobs was a Marine who served in the Korean War as a combat infantryman from 1950-52. He served in the state House in 1959-60, and then the U.S. House from 1965-73, and again representing a different Indiana district from 1975-97.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a statement praising Jacobs, saying "he left a legacy of leadership and a reputation for integrity among his peers and the people that he served."
Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly said in a statement: "I am saddened to hear of the passing of former Congressman Jacobs. I enjoyed getting to know Andy over the years, and his decades of tireless service to the people of Indiana is an example I try to follow. Jill and I send our thoughts and prayers to Kim, Andy Jr., Steven, and all of Andy's family during this difficult time."
Jacobs died at his home with family.
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