Longtime Ashland legislator Lenn Hannon has died.

Longtime Ashland legislator Lenn Hannon has died.

Hannon, 66, a state senator for nearly 30 years, died of complications from lung disease Thursday at his home in Salem.

He is survived by his wife, Dixie.

Republican Hannon represented District 26, which includes Ashland, for 29 years before he retired after the 2001 session. In late 2003, Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed him to the state parole board, and he later moved to Salem.

"Last night Oregon lost a true leader whose dedication to the people of our state was fearless, constant and unstinting," Democrat Kulongoski said in a statement today.

"But beyond his record in the legislature, Lenn Hannon was a person who was respected by all of those who knew him. He told it to you straight, something that was always appreciated by those who worked with him, even when they didn't necessarily agree on the issue."

Hannon attended Ashland High School and Southern Oregon University, where Hannon Library is named for him today.

— Staff reports