Former Minnesota Speaker of the House Rod Searle passed away at home on Sunday. He was 93.
According to the Mankato Free Press, Searle died at his farm where he had been receiving hospice care, with his wife Ruth and daughter Linda by his side.
Searle, a Republican, became speaker in the 1978 election and was an assistant minority leader prior to earning that position.
He also led the Minnesota State University Board and Minnesota Higher Education Board after leaving his position in 1980.
STATEMENT FROM GOV. MARK DAYTON
"I had the opportunity to work with former Speaker Rod Searle during his distinguished service in the Minnesota legislature. Rod was a principled leader, a dedicated public servant, and a true gentleman. He was elected Speaker of the House in 1979, because he held the respect and trust of both Republican and DFL members in that deadlocked chamber.
"On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend to his family my deepest condolences and my appreciation for his service to our state."