Baton Rouge lawmaker Alfred Williams dead at 64

Alfred Williams, a Baton Rouge state lawmaker who chaired the House labor committee, has died. He was 64.

Williams, a lawyer, was in his first House term. The Democrat had been long active in local politics. Williams was a former school board member and had worked as assistant chief administration officer for Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.

Most recently, Williams fought to redesign the Baton Rouge City Court districts to provide more minority representation.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley described Williams as a “true public servant, a consummate professional and a caring soul who will be greatly missed.”

Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, said Williams was “committed to doing the right thing, even if it was not the popular thing.”

Funeral arrangements weren’t immediately available Wednesday.

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