Alabama’s first female lieutenant governor, Democrat Lucy Baxley, has died.
A statement released by Baxley’s family says she died Friday at home. She was 78.
Baxley was elected lieutenant governor and presided over the Senate during a four-year term that began in 2003. She was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2006 but lost to Republican Bob Riley.
Baxley served as state treasurer before becoming lieutenant governor and she was elected president of the Alabama Public Service Commission in 2008 despite having suffered a serious stroke after her gubernatorial bid.
Known for her campaign slogan “I Love Lucy,” Baxley was the last Democrat to hold statewide elective office in Alabama.
Baxley is survived by her husband Jim Smith, two children, and former husband Bill Baxley.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley issued the following statement Friday morning on the death of Baxley:
“Today the state of Alabama lost a great public servant. Lucy Baxley loved Alabama and loved the people of Alabama. I enjoyed our time working together when I served in the legislature. Lucy will forever be remembered as a fierce advocate for the people of Alabama, for her decades of service and as Alabama’s first female Lieutenant Governor. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this time.”
House Minority Leader Craig Ford released a statement on her passing:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Baxley family today. Lucy was a true public servant, a pillar of the Alabama Democratic Party and will be greatly missed.”