Texas State Representative Ken Legler of Pasadena has died.
His office said the 54 year old District 144 representative suffered an apparent heart attack at about noon on Friday.
Elected officials have expressed their regrets.
"Ken was a dedicated public servant who enthusiastically represented the people of his district throughout his time in Austin," said Texas Governor Rick Perry. "He knew the value of hard work and was always ready to take on the issues that were important to his constituency,"
“I was saddened to hear the news of Representative Ken Legler’s passing,” said Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs. “Ken served his constituents and the citizens of Texas with distinction. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family in their time of mourning.”
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of our colleague today," said State Representative Larry Taylor, chair of the House Republican Caucus. "He was a friend to everyone he met, a valuable member of the Texas House of Representatives and a dedicated public servant. Our prayers and sincere condolences go out to his family."
“Andi and I mourn the sudden loss of Representative Legler,” said Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman. “He was a perfect fit to represent the citizens of Pasadena and southeast Harris County. His leadership in Austin and in the private sector back home will never be replaced. All of us in county government will miss his expertise.”
Legler is survived by his wife and three children. Funeral arrangements are pending.