RIP: Tennessee Rep. Lois DeBerry, who was the longest serving member of the state House of Representatives, died Sunday after a nearly five-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.
Lois DeBerry, a Democrat, was first elected in 1972. She was the second black woman to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly. She was the first female speaker pro tempore in the House and was given the title of speaker emeritus by her colleagues. Her support on key legislation was sought by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.