Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Hispanic Congressman, to be buried

PHOENIX (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Hispanic member of Congress, will be laid to rest Friday.

A weeklong celebration of Pastor’s life will culminate with a funeral Mass on Friday afternoon and burial immediately after.

Pastor, a liberal Democrat known for his bipartisanship, died after suffering a heart attack last week. He was 75.

Pastor served 23 years in Congress but decided to not seek re-election in 2014. One of his daughters, Laura Pastor, serves on the Phoenix City Council.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, called Pastor “an Arizona trailblazer and true public servant” and ordered that flags lowered statewide to half-staff.

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