State Sen. Andy Hill, the chief GOP budget writer who was poised to be a potential candidate for governor, passed away on Monday afternoon (UTC-08:00). Sen. Andy Hill died from a recurrence of lung cancer at the age of 54.
First elected to the 45th Legislative District in 2010, Sen. Hill served for several years as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Sen. Hill, who said that he had never smoked, battled with a recurrence of lung cancer since June. The former Microsoft group manager was originally diagnosed with cancer back in 2009. Sen. Hill stated that back then radiation and chemotherapy had not worked, but then an experimental treatment had put the cancer in remission.
With the return of the cancer, Sen. Hill had been taking chemotherapy and additional treatment. In September, he shared a note saying the results were looking good.
Last re-elected in 2014, Sen. Hill was midway through his current Senate term. Under the state constitution, his seat will be filled temporarily by another Republican through an appointment process.
That appointee will serve through 2017, when a special election will be held, with the winner serving the remainder of Sen. Hill’s term through 2018.
Sen. Hill is survived by his wife, Molly, along with his three children, Allie, Charlie, and Katie.
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