DGT Member Herschella Horton of Tucson Dies at 83

By |2022-05-11T19:21:48-07:00May 10th, 2022|In Memoriam|

Former Democratic state lawmaker Herschella Horton of Tucson died at age 83 on May 4, 2022. Her children did not announce a cause.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on May 13 at the Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1019 E. 31st Street, Tucson, and live-streamed on the church’s Facebook page and YouTube pages.

Horton was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1989 and served five two-year terms. She served on the House health, environment and appropriations committees. In addition to her legislative service, Horton served on many community boards and commissions as a volunteer.

In addition to her legislative service, Horton served on many community boards and commissions as a volunteer. 

Born in Lawrenceville, Illinois, she earned a nursing degree in 1960 and a management degree from the University of Phoenix in 1987.

“While we are devastated by this loss, we take great pride in knowing the difference she made in our lives and the lives of the countless Arizonans she helped through her many avenues of service,” her children said in a statement.

She lived in Tucson for more than 60 years.

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Larry Bodine is the President of Democrats of Greater Tucson, and a PC in Legislative District 9. A journalist and attorney, Larry Bodine attends live political events and reports on them for the Blog for Arizona, which features politics from a liberal viewpoint. See http://blogforarizona.net/ He has been an elected Democratic precinct committeeman in Illinois and Arizona, starting with the 2006 Tammy Duckworth campaign (she is now a US Senator). As an elected Democratic precinct committeeman in LD9 in Tucson, he works to get Democrats elected. Since 2017 he has taught “Getting Active in Local Politics” at OLLI-UA (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His 45-year career includes reporting for the New York Daily News, which was the largest-circulation US newspaper at the time. He has won 7 awards for investigative journalism.
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