Former Indiana Congressman Andrew Jacobs Jr. Passes Away

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Former Indiana Congressman Andrew Jacobs Jr. Passes Away

December 29, 2013 Updated Dec 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (21Alive) -- According to sources close to the family, former Indiana Congressman Andrew Jacobs Jr. passed away Saturday at the age of 81.

Jacobs, an Indianapolis native, served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1959 to 1960 before being elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1964. Jacobs remained in the House of Representatives from his election in 1964 to 1997 when he retired.

While in Congress, Jacobs helped craft the 1965 Voting Rights Act and also served on the House Ways and Means Committee.

In a statement issued Saturday, Governor Mike Pence said,

" Andy Jacobs, Jr.'s contributions to the life of our state and nation are incalculable and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss. Andy Jacobs personified the kind of principled and compassionate leadership that Hoosiers most admire and he will be greatly missed."

Jacobs is survived by his wife, Kim Hood Jacobs, and two sons, Andy and Steven Jacobs.

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