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Dave Cogdill, former California state senator, dies at 66

California State Sen. Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto) talks about how he was voted out as Senate Republican leader and replaced by new Republican leader Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta) in Sacramento, California, Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Cogdill died after battling pancreatic cancer on Sunday. He was 66.
California State Sen. Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto) talks about how he was voted out as Senate Republican leader and replaced by new Republican leader Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta) in Sacramento, California, Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Cogdill died after battling pancreatic cancer on Sunday. He was 66. The Sacramento Bee

Former California state Sen. Dave Cogdill died Sunday morning after battling pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from his family. He was 66.

“My dad was my hero and I strive to be half as good a man, father and servant as he was,” David Cogdill Jr. said in the statement. “While we mourn our beloved father, a man of faith who epitomized integrity, we take some comfort in the knowing that he is finally free from pain and suffering.”

The elder Cogdill, a Modesto Republican, was elected to represent the 14th Senate district in 2006 and was the Senate Republican leader from 2008-2009.

In March 2009, he was ousted from his leadership role in the middle of the night after cutting a budget deal that included tax increases with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democrats and former Assembly Republican leader Mike Villines.

Cogdill was awarded the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his actions during the 2009 budget fight. In 2010, the California National Guard gave him the California Medal of Merit, the second highest merit award, according to the statement.

Cogdill most recently served as the president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, a job he took in October 2013. He was also the Stanislaus County assessor from 2011 to 2013. He served three terms in the state Assembly, from 2000 to 2006.

Cogdill had a real estate appraisal business in Modesto, and served two terms on the City Council there.

“Sen. Cogdill served the California State Legislature with honor and with courage during a time when California was going through an economic downturn,” Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates, of Laguna Niguel, said in a statement. “He selflessly dedicated his career in public service for the constituents of the Golden State and made a difference in the lives of those he touched whether it was in the Legislature or in the private sector.”

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; his children, David Jr. and Meghan Merrell; and his grandchildren, Connor, Katie and Cooper.

Thomas Oide: 916-321-1009. @thomasoide

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