Terribly sad news that former Republican Senator jim Dunn has passed away. Senator Dunn served a total of thirty years in the House and Senate – 2 in the House with the remainder in the Senate, where he was an institution. He served in leadership as Assistant Majority Leader 1989-1992 and 1995-1998, he was Assistant Minority Leader in 1993 & 1994 when Republicans were in the Minority, and was back to Senior Assistant Majority Leader for the 1999-2000 term.
It’s hard to describe & quantify Senator Dunn, except to note that they broke the mold when they made him. He was an advocate for the mining industry he represented from his home district, he was a rock solid legislator, I found him hilarious in word and deed, and an all around gentleman.