Maryland Del. James E. Proctor Jr., who represented Prince George's and Charles counties for 25 years, has died, state officials said.
The governor, Senate president and House speaker issued statements of condolence Thursday but did not say when or where Proctor, who was 79, died. Information on funeral arrangements also was not immediately available.
Senate President Mike Miller will ask Delegate James Proctor's wife, Susie, to fill her husband's seat.
According to the Maryland Manual, Proctor, a Democrat, served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from then-Bowie State College.
Proctor was appointed to the House of Delegates to succeed William McCaffrey, who retired in 1990. He was vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and was a member of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus.
Gov. Larry Hogan ordered Maryland flags to fly at half-staff to honor Proctor.
Meanwhile, another delegate representing Prince George's County is resigning from the House. William Campos, who was sworn in last January after winning a highly contested race, submitted his resignation for personal reasons.