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Long-time Michigan state lawmaker Morris Hood III dead at 54

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MIchigan Senate Democrats

Michigan officials are remembering long-time former state lawmaker Morris Hood III who died this week from COVID-19.

Mo Hood served in both the Michigan House and Senate, including a stint as the senate minority floor leader. The Detroit Democrat gained a reputation as a calming influence in an increasingly divided political climate.

The Detroit Democrat’s father represented the city in the state legislature, and Hood III followed suit, serving a combined 14 years as a member of first the Michigan House and then the Senate. He left the legislature in 2018.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer notes Hood continued his family’s legacy of working as a public servant, offering thoughtful advice and a quick wit.

Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says Hood comforted her when her husband John died. She says Hood seemed like a brother to her.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan calls Hood a champion of justice and equality and says his passing is a reminder of how dangerous the coronavirus pandemic remains.

In recent years Hood served in the Wayne County Executive’s administration. He was 54 years old.

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