COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former Republican Missouri state lawmaker Ed Robb is dead at the age of 69.

Family spokesman Yancy Williams says Robb collapsed and died Saturday while leaving a birthday party in downtown Columbia. Williams says Robb had a pacemaker put in late last year but had been feeling fine since then.

Robb became the Boone County presiding commissioner in November — two years after failing to win reelection to the Missouri House of Representatives. He also was president of a consulting firm and was a former economics professor at the University of Missouri.

Williams described Robb as a “good friend” and said he had the ability to “explain complicated things in a simple way.”

Robb is survived by his wife, Rosa, of Columbia, and their five children.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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