State Rep. Alfred Williams passes away at age 64

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Representative Alfred Williams, D-Baton Rouge, died Tuesday night, according to a family friend.

Williams, 64, passed away at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital after complications from a knee surgery.

Williams has been a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives since 2011. He represented District 61 in East Baton Rouge Parish.

His legislative office released the following statement Tuesday:

It is with regret that we announce the passing of State Representative Alfred C. Williams.  As an attorney, Alfred was a fearless and tireless advocate for his clients, and as an elected official, he possessed the heart of a servant leader. "While our hearts are broken, our faith is strong.  We earnestly solicit your thoughtful prayers", said his wife Brandi.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. They will be announced once they are finalized.

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a statement Wednesday morning about Williams' death:

"We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Alfred Williams' passing yesterday. During his time as a representative and throughout his career, Alfred was a spirited and thoughtful leader who reached across party lines to serve the community he so loved. At the capitol, he worked to pass legislation that made a real difference for the people of Louisiana and he will be sorely missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

Jindal issued an Executive Order Wednesday for flags at all state buildings to be flown at half staff until Friday, August 7, in honor of Williams' passing.

Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, also released a statement Wednesday morning regarding the legislator's passing:

"I was saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Alfred Williams on last evening. The residents of East Baton Rouge were lucky to have Alfred represent them – his leadership as a legislator, and as a chairman, was second only to his compassion in serving his constituents and the state of Louisiana.  Alfred was a true public servant, a consummate professional and a caring soul who will be greatly missed by our entire chamber. My deepest sympathies go to his family and friends during this very difficult time."

As chairwoman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, State Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, released a statement Wednesday morning on the loss of Williams:

"Rep. Williams was a man of principle and integrity who authored and guided important legislation in Baton Rouge. He was also simply a wonderful person who treated everyone with respect and kindness.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, released the following statement Tuesday night:

"Alfred fought for what matters most to our people. He fought for good jobs, access to high quality healthcare, and education. He will be missed and we will honor his memory by continuing that fight."

Edwards and Williams both served on the House Civil Law and House Education Committees.

Recently, Williams has called for an investigation into the Department of Children and Family Services after a malnourished 15-year-old was found living in horrible conditions on July 8.

"Representative Williams was a friend that I worked with for a number of years," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Like so many others, I was terribly saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."

He was an alum of Captiol High since 1969. He graduated from Southern with a B.A. in 1972 and again from Southern's Law School in 1977.

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