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.