Georgia Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill has died

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FILE – In this April 3, 2009, file photo, Georgia Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, addresses fellow legislators about the state budget bill from the lower podium in the senate chamber during the last day of the legislative session in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s lieutenant governor announced that powerful Republican state Sen. Jack Hill has died. He was 75.

Hill was the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which controls legislation involving how tax dollars are spent.

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced Hill’s death in a statement on Monday.

Tattnall County Sheriff Kyle Sapp says Hill’s cause of death is not immediately available but that coronavirus is not suspected.

Hill was first elected to the state Senate in 1990 as a Democrat and was serving his 15th term in the chamber. He switched parties in 2002.

Hill’s Senate District 4 inlcudes Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Evans and parts of Emanuel and Tattnall counties in southeast Georgia.

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