Alabama State Rep. Yvonne Kennedy of Mobile has died at age 67.
House of Representatives spokesman Clay Redden said Kennedy died Saturday at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. The cause of death was not immediately known, though Kennedy had sought medical testing.
She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1979 and was among its longer-serving members.
Kennedy was a former chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.
In addition to serving as a state representative, Kennedy is a former president of Bishop State Community College and was the 19th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Kennedy was born on January 8, 1945, received her B.S. from Alabama State University, M.A. from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, and Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee.
Under state law, Gov. Robert Bentley must order a special election to fill the vacancy created by her death. (Information from the AP was used in this story)