Kansas Rep. Joe Edwards dies

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HAYSVILLE, Kan. — A Kansas lawmaker who lost his re-election primary battle earlier this month has died.

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick of Stilwell announced Wednesday that Rep. Joe Edwards of Haysville died late Tuesday of a suspected heart attack. Smith Mortuary in Haysville confirmed his death.

The 60-year-old Republican legislator served one term before losing the primary election to John Whitmer in the 93rd District.

Clay Barker, the executive director for the Kansas Republican Party, said Wednesday that Edwards was well liked by his fellow representatives.

Barker said Edwards was on the conservative side, but had a populist streak and was always looking out for the common man.

Smith Mortuary says funeral arrangements are pending.