NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Robert Schaefer, an architect and state lawmaker who served in the Idaho House of Representatives for 28 years, has died. He was 83.

His wife of 54 years, Betty, said he died October 29 following a battle with prostate cancer.

The Idaho Press reports that Robert Schaefer, a Republican, chaired the House Commerce and Human Resources Committee, where he was an advocate for state employees.

Schaefer graduated from Nampa High School and received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Idaho. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1961.

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