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Longtime Oklahoma lobbyist, former legislator Ken Nance dies

Ken Nance, who served 10 years in the Legislature, died Thursday evening. He was 71.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: February 15, 2013

A longtime lobbyist at the state Capitol who also served in the Legislature was remembered Friday for his friendliness across the political aisle.

Kenneth Nance, who represented District 91 in south Oklahoma in the House of Representatives from 1968 to 1978, died Thursday. He was 71.

“He was one of the most gracious gentlemen I have ever met,” said Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon. “I firmly believe that Ken Nance could quietly kill your bill and you would still feel compelled to write him a ‘thank you' note for the political lesson.”

Nance, who had spent the past year battling a brain tumor and was recovering, died from a lung infection, a family member said Friday.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; sons, Berry Nance and his wife, Donna; Darren Nance; Brian Nance and his wife, Michelle; and five grandchildren.

His father was looking forward to working his 50th straight year at the Capitol, Brian Nance said. He started working on the House staff and was an assistant attorney general before being elected to the House. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for attorney general in 1978.

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