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Eye On Olympia

Bob Maier, a fixture in Olympia for two decades, dies on the eve of the legislative session…

Bob Maier, chief lobbyist for the state's largest teachers' union, died Monday. He was 61, and had suffered from heart problems in recent months.

Maier, a former teacher, had worked Olympia for 20 years. He was the Washington Education Association's director of public policy.

Maier's wife, Lynn, is a lobbyist for the Washington Public Employees' Association. He is also survived by his mother, a son, a daughter and a three-year-old granddaughter.

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