Former Rep. Bob Davis (R-Mich.), who served in Congress for 14 years, died today at the age of 77.

Davis served as the top ranking Republican on the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, a post from which the Michigan Republican could shape policy for the Great Lakes. Among other accomplishments, he helped establish the first National Marine Sanctuary on the Great Lakes.

First elected in 1979, Davis's represented one of the largest Congressional districts in the country. He established 9 district offices throughout Michigan's upper peninsula.

In 1968, Davis teamed with then-Gov. George Romney to drastically cut the toll rate for the Makinac bridge from $7.50 to $4 for a round trip.

Davis retired from Congress in 1993. He died of heart and kidney failure.