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Nevada State Sen. Debbie Smith Dies At 60

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Senate Democratic officials say Sen. Debbie Smith has died a year after doctors started treating her for a malignant brain tumor.

Senate Democratic caucus spokesman Peter Koltak says the Sparks lawmaker died Sunday in Reno. She was 60.

Smith was first elected to the state Assembly in 2000 and won a seat in the Senate in 2012. She won several lawmaker of the year awards and was the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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She missed some of the 2015 legislative session after undergoing surgery last February at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, but closely followed developments in the Legislature.

She was mobbed by well-wishers when she returned to business part-time in April.

Smith was married and had three children.