Rene Kemp, RIP

From the Telegraph.

Former state Sen. Rene Kemp, an 18-year veteran lawmaker, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

Kemp died Saturday at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, said his sister, Patricia Kemp Perdue.

The Democrat was first elected to the Senate in 1992 and had served in the state House from 1977 to 1982.

In September 2004, Kemp withdrew from his bid for re-election, saying that his battle with prostate cancer had taken too great a toll to keep campaigning. Because of redrawn district lines, he faced Senate Pro Tem Eric Johnson of Savannah.