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Frank Pratt, longtime Arizona GOP lawmaker, dies at 79

The Pinal County lawmaker died on Tuesday after suffering from a long illness.
Credit: Arizona Legislature

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. — Longtime Arizona Rep. Frank Pratt has died following a long illness. 

He was 79. Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Pratt’s death on Tuesday and called the Casa Grande Republican “an irreplaceable figure in the Arizona state Legislature.” 

Pratt was a farmer and rancher before forming a swimming pool construction business in 1986. Pratt had served in the Legislature since 2009, bouncing back and forth between the House and Senate. 

On Christmas Day in 2010, Pratt was tied up and beaten in a robbery at his business. Pratt’s 8th Legislative District includes parts of Pinal and Gila counties. He must be replaced by a Republican.

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