Former State Assemblyman Trice Harvey died Tuesday evening, family members have told The Californian. He was 80.

Harvey took a fall over the weekend, sustaining a concussion, and never recovered, they said.

The famously twangy, good-natured Arkansas native had a long and varied political career that included a decade on the Kern County Board of Supervisors and another decade in the State Assembly. At one point he racked up 10 general-election victories in a row.

He also lost a race for the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1996 and, 10 years ago, county assessor.

"I really want to tell the people of Kern County thanks for giving me so many political opportunities over 24 years," he said following that 2006 defeat. "I know how blessed I am. I don't take this last (election) as, 'Trice, we don't like you anymore.'"

Harvey, who was born July 15, 1936, in Paragould, Ark., died at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. 

He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Jacqueline, who died in 2012.

Harvey is survived by daughter Dinah Marquez, son Nick Harvey and numerous grandchildren. A complete list of survivors was not immediately available. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Tuesday evening.

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John Gist
John Gist

My wife, Toni, and I were saddened to hear the news of Mr. Harvey's passing. I ran against Mr. Harvey in the 1996 Republican Primary for Congress in California's 20th District. Four candidates ran, hoping to face and replace Cal Dooley in the General Election. I found Trice to be a formidable foe and able debater during our run for Congress, especially when he brought his famous humor to bear on a point that he wanted to make. He engendered remarkable support to win Kern County easily, and he also generated support in Kings and Tulare Counties, both of which he won. He "lost" just one county, Fresno, to a third opponent, Cliff Unruh of Reedley. I am sure he will be missed by many, many people who met and knew him personally. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends.

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