CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Former longtime northern Nevada Assemblyman John Marvel has died at the age of 86.
Marvel's son, John E. Marvel, confirms his father died Saturday at a hospital in Carson City. He says he had battled through a variety of health problems over the past six years, including lung disease.
John Sr. served in the Nevada legislature for 26 years until his retirement in 2005. The Battle Mountain Republican was known for his conservative politics and defense of farmers and ranchers in Humboldt and Lander Counties.
In his later years, his district was stretched all the way west to Washoe County to include part of Sparks. In 2003, he was among a handful of Republicans who crossed party lines to break a seven-week impasse over taxes and public school funding.
©2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.