A once-prominent Democratic state lawmaker who was greatly respected by all of his colleagues and only recently exited politics has reportedly passed away.
Former Arizona state Sen. David Bradley (D) is reported to have died on Saturday, just a couple of days after it had been revealed that he had stopped receiving treatment for cancer, according to local NBC affiliate KPNX.
His death at age 69 prompted an immediate and nonpartisan display of grief and condolences from Bradley’s colleagues, be they, Democrat or Republican.
Cancer the culprit
Tucson.com reported that according to a personal friend and colleague, state Sen. Domingo Degrazia (D), Bradley “died in California surrounded by his family.”
Another family friend, Ricky Hernandez, told the outlet that the former politician had succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
Bradley had just recently retired in early 2020 after having served two years as the Senate Minority Leader in Arizona’s legislature. He had first been elected to the state Senate in 2012 after having previously served in the state House beginning in 2002.
Governor orders flags to half-staff
In response to the sad news, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) issued a statement that ordered all flags on state buildings to fly at half-staff on Sunday in honor of Bradley and his 25 years of service to the state and country.
“Arizona is saddened by the passing of Senator David Bradley. My deepest condolences go out to his wife Debbie, and his family and loved ones,” the governor said. “Senator Bradley had an unwavering dedication to serving the people of Arizona, and we honor his life and years of public service. He was a true statesman who made a positive impact on the lives of many Arizonans across our state.”
“David worked tirelessly to make Arizona a better place, whether through elected office, as a counselor for youth, or his work for nonprofits. He cared deeply about doing what is best for Arizonans, and I have the utmost respect for him,” Ducey added. “During his time in the Senate, he lived as an example that working across the aisle, for a common good, benefits all Arizonans,” and he had “made a lasting impact on our state.”
Widow “uplifted” by tremendous “outpouring of tributes” for late husband
The Arizona Republic reported that Bradley’s wife, Debra D’Amore, told the outlet, “We’re deeply saddened by Dave’s passing. We’ve been really uplifted today by the outpouring of tributes that we’re reading online, throughout Arizona.”
“I actually received a really heartfelt personal phone call this morning from the governor and he referred to Dave as a throwback in terms of human kindness and decency,” she continued. “His calling for flags at half-staff tomorrow is really appreciated by all of us.”
The Republic noted that the late state senator is survived by his wife, their four children, and six grandchildren.