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Hess, veteran local lawmaker, dies after surgery
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) --
The Pennsylvania House speaker's office says longtime state Rep. Dick Hess is dead at age 74 from complications that arose after recent leg surgery.
House Speaker Sam Smith said Hess died Friday at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family.
A Republican, his district ran through Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties in western Pennsylvania.
Hess was a 14-term veteran of the House, where he most recently chaired the Transportation Committee.