Former EBR Metro councilwoman, State Representative Ronnie Edwards died

Former EBR Metro councilwoman, State Representative Ronnie Edwards died

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Longtime Baton Rouge politician Ronnie Edwards has died Wednesday at the age of 63. She was suffering from pancreatic cancer for two years, but no word yet on the cause of her death.

Edwards, a Democrat, was elected to represent parts of East and West Baton Rouge parishes of the Louisiana House of Representatives in October 2015. Before becoming a state representative, she was a councilwoman with the East Baton Rouge Metro Council for two terms since January 2009.

Governor John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on her passing:

"Tonight, I join the members of the Louisiana Legislature in offering my heartfelt condolences to Rep. Edwards' family and friends. Rep. Edwards will long be remembered and admired for her commitment and tireless effort to improve her community and this state. She fought for her district with the same fortitude with which she fought a difficult two-year battle with cancer. Her time in the House of Representatives was short, but it was a dream come true for her and a testament to her hard work and determination not to let anything hold her back, not even illness. Donna and I send our prayers and condolences to her family, friends and colleagues."

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-Louisiana, issued the following statement after Edwards' passing:

"Ronnie was a talented and compassionate legislator, but more importantly she was a friend. The news of her passing is not only devastating to me it is a tremendous loss for the entire state. She committed her life to serving her constituents and fighting for those who needed it the most.

As a state representative, she would have served on three committees: Health and Welfare; Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs; Transportation, Highways, and Public Works.

Edwards worked as a special projects manager at Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation since July 1992.

Attorney Erika Green was picked to fill Edwards' seat with the Metro Council on January 13.

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