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UPDATE: Former state lawmaker Cathie Wright dies

Posted: April 15, 2012 2:24 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2012 9:20 p.m.

Former Republican state assemblywoman and state senator Cathie Wright died Saturday.

Wright, 82, who represented the Santa Clarita Valley during the '80s and '90s, died from complications of dementia at her home in Simi Valley on Saturday morning, according to her daughter.

"I was at her side, and it will surprise no one who knew her that," Victoria Cathie Wright, a candidate in the 25th Congressional District race, said in an email to The Signal. "Despite her illness, she was lucid at the time and remained fierce and resilient until the end.

"Her granddaughter, my daughter Marissa, and I will miss her laughter, her wisdom and her strength and spirit," she said.

A public memorial is scheduled to be held Friday at Reardon Simi Valley Funeral Home, located on Sycamore Drive. Catholic services are scheduled to follow the memorial at St. Peter Claver Parish, on Cochran Street, in Simi Valley.

Wright's daughter told The Signal during a phone interview two months ago that she credits her mother for having instilled those values constituents expected in a representative.

"I learned a lot from my mother," Victoria Cathie Wright said at the time. "One of the things I learned is that you have to be one of the people.

"I used to ask my mother, ‘Mom, why do you have our phone number listed?' And she would say, ‘I want my constituents to always be able to pick up the phone and call me.'"

Cathie Wright began her political career in Simi Valley as a councilwoman and later served as the city's mayor.

In 1980, she was elected to the California State Assembly seat vacated by Republican Bob Cline and represented Ventura County, Castaic, Newhall, Valencia and most of Canyon Country and Saugus in the 37th District until 1992.

Wright then turned her attention to the state Senate, running for the open seat for the 19th Senate District, which represented Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley, Castaic, the West Side and parts of Newhall. She won and, in 1996, was re-elected.





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