RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada's longest serving senator, retired senator Bill Raggio has died.
He died at 10 p.m. pacific standard time Thursday night while vacationing in Sydney, Australia of a respiratory illness. The death was first reported by Face-to-Face host Jon Ralston.
Senator Raggio served more than 50 years in elected office in Nevada.
He retired from the Nevada state legislature before the 2011 legislative session last year.
Raggio was known for brokering compromise and working across party lines for the good of our state.
He was first elected to office in the 1950's when he became Washoe County's district attorney.
Bill Raggio was 85 years old.