Delaware Senate leader dies at 80

June 23, 2009 10:42:19 AM PDT
Thurman Adams Jr., a veteran lawmaker and leader of the Delaware state Senate, has died of cancer at age 80.

Senate officials said Adams, a Bridgeville agribusinessman first elected to the Senate in 1972, died Tuesday morning at Kent General Hospital in Dover. Adams was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after entering the hospital on June 16.

Adams, a graduate of the University of Delaware, owned and operated T.G. Adams & Sons, a family feed and grain business.

Adams served on the state highway commission and chaired the governor's safety committee before being elected to the Senate, where he served longer than any other lawmaker. He was named Senate majority leader in 1999 and became president pro tem in 2003.

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