WORCESTER, Mass. Longtime Massachusetts lawmaker John Binienda has died after a battle with diabetes and kidney disease.
The death of the 28-year member of the state House of Representatives was announced Friday by Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus Jr.
Binienda was 67.
The Worcester Democrat was a teacher before being elected to represent his home city in 1986. Known as a tireless worker who rarely missed a house vote, he was highly respected by his colleagues as chairman of the Committee on Rules.
Augustus said in a statement that Worcester “has lost one of its greatest champions.”
House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Binienda was “a trusted committee chairman and fierce advocate for his district,” as well as a mentor to new House members.
Memorial arrangements are pending.