Former State Rep. Tamara Grigsby Dies

Former state Rep. Tamara Grigsby has died of health complications at age 41.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Grigsby's death on Tuesday. Grigsby dealt with cancer during her time in the Legislature, stepping down in 2013 after eight years representing a portion of Milwaukee.

Grigsby later became the community outreach coordinator in Parisi's office and was recently appointed director of the county's new Department of Equity and Inclusion.

In a statement, Parisi's office said funeral services were pending and the family had requested privacy. Parisi described Grigsby as a "special human being" whose sole motivation was to make a difference in the lives of others.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling said Grigsby was a strong, passionate articulate voice for her community and children and families across the state.

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