Former longtime Indiana Rep. dies at 81

Former Rep. Andrew Jacobs Jr., (D-Ind.), who served more than three decades in Congress, has died at 81, according to multiple reports. 

Jacobs died Saturday afternoon at his Indianapolis home, said friend and former campaign manager Gary Taylor.

The cause of death was not immediately revealed, but Taylor told the Associated Press it was likely due to complications from old age rather than any single cause. The longtime Indiana congressman experienced declining health in recent years, Taylor said, adding that he "was a great man."

Jacobs, a Korean War veteran, served in the House of Representatives from 1965 to 1973 and from 1975 until he retired in 1997.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence praised Jacobs career in a statement Saturday evening.

He "personified the kind of principled and compassionate leadership that Hoosiers most admire, and he will be greatly missed," Pence said. 


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