State Rep. Bill Grant, who had been quietly battling lung cancer, has died.
He was 71.
Grant, D-Walla Walla, was a rare Eastern Washington Democrat in the statehouse, and late into the night, his raspy voice would call House Democrats into caucus meetings.
"Bill was one of a kind," House Speaker Frank Chopp said in a statement sent out a few minutes ago. "He was a man of the land, and he brought his farmer's values of community, hard work and perseverance to the House of Representatives, where he served for 22 years...I was proud to call Bill my colleague and grateful to call him my friend. He will be deeply missed."