A longtime Indiana state lawmaker from Michiana died Sunday after battling breast cancer.
Michigan City Senator Anita Bowser was 86 years old.
A Democratic Party spokesman says Bowser died peacefully in her sleep at an Indianapolis hospice center.
Bowser had a nurse and a friend by her side.
Bowser has been under medical care for two weeks and entered the hospice last week.
Bowser was a constitutional scholar.
She served in the Indiana House as a state Representative from 1980 through 1992 a, when she was elected to the Senate where she currently served.
Anita Bowser is being remembered fondly by her colleagues.
Senator John Broden of South Bend said it has been an honor to serve with Bowser, who was known for voting her conscience.
“You know, many of us do spend a lot of time thinking ahout how our votes our going to be considered by,” he says. ”People back home or considered by people who have lobbying interests, and such. She never did that. She always voted her conscience, she always had the feeling her constituents had sent her there to vote how she felt and vote for what she felt was the best in the interest in the entire state of Indiana and she certainly did that. She cast a number of votes that, frankly, took a lot of courage and she did it quite frequently.”
Broden says, within the next 30 days, Democratic Precinct Committee people in Bowser's district will vote for her replacement.
Governor Mitch Daniels issued a statement on Senator Bowser's passing. "I am truly, truly sad at this news. Senator Bowser could not have been kinder or more open in our two years of acquaintance,” states. "Our last two meetings were about building Northwest Indiana and about building higher education, which she cared about so deeply. Indiana will miss her leadership, and I will miss her personally."
Senator Bowser's visitation and funeral will be later this week in Michigan city.
The date and time have not been set.