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State politicians react to former Gov. Patrick Lucey's death

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey, a democrat who served the state from 1971 to 1977, died Saturday night at age 96.

According to his son, Lucey died at the Milwaukee Catholic Home after a brief illness. Governor Scott Walker, (R)-Wisconsin, released a statement today extending his condolences.

"Tonette and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of Gov. Patrick Lucey," the statement read. "It was a particular joy to be with him last summer for the 40th anniversary of Kikkoman in Fontana. Gov. Lucey was a dedicated public servant who loved Wisconsin."

Mayor Tom Barrett, (D)-Milwaukee said he saw Lucey recently. "He was amazingly sharp," Barrett said. "He knew as much about politics as any political you'd hire today and his history is just incredible in the state. When you think, he was really one of the people who created the modern Democratic Party of Wisconsin."

Lucey was born in La Crosse in 1918.

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