Former South Carolina Rep. Kirsh dies

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Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Former South Carolina Rep. Herb Kirsh, the longest-serving House member when he left office in 2010, has died. He was 84.

M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Clover confirms that Kirsh died Tuesday evening at a hospital in Gaston County, N.C.

The Democrat served 32 years in the House before losing a re-election bid in 2010. A Ways and Means Committee member, Kirsh was known as a fiscal conservative. Colleagues of both parties relied on his knowledge of the budget. He was previously mayor of Clover.

Kevin Kirsh told The Herald of Rock Hill that his father had been hospitalized Saturday after doctors found blood clots in his legs. He had been in hospitals and rehabilitation centers since a series of falls in December.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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