Former Georgia state Rep. Ed Rynders dies at 62

Fox31 reports that Ed Rynders (R), the former Georgia State representative, has passed away. He was 62.

Rynders’s death was revealed Friday on social media by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R).

“Marty, the girls, and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Rep. Ed Rynders,” Kemp tweeted.

Kemp added, “Rep. Rynders faithfully served the people of Georgia for many years, and our thoughts are with his family and all those he made a positive impact on.”

Cause of death unknown

What caused Rynders’s death has not been revealed. But, it is known that Rynders has had health problems in the past.

Rynders, in fact, suffered a heart attack in June of 2019, which ultimately led to him deciding to step away from politics a few months later, in September.

At the time, Ryners put out a statement explaining that he had decided to put his “health” and his “family’s future” first.

“I don’t ever want to be seen as a quitter,” Rynders said. “But my health and my family’s future have to be my No. 1 priorities. But going through the voting machine issue during the last session required a lot of heavy lifting on my part, and with redistricting coming up, I knew there was going to be a great deal of pressure once again.”

Again, though, it has to be emphasized that the reason for Rynders’s death remains unknown. His family has released no statement.

Who was Ed Rynders?

Rynders, before getting into politics, was into property management. His political career got underway with him serving as a Chairman for the Lee County Republican Party and as the Vice-Chairman of the Lee County Board of Elections.

In 2003, Rynders, as a Republican, was elected to represent Georgia’s 152nd District in the state’s general assembly. He held onto his seat from 2003 to 2019, the better part of 16 years. And, it is only his retirement, in 2019, that put an end to his run.

During his time in Georgia’s general assembly, Rynders served on several committees, including Appropriations, Governmental Affairs, Health and Human Services, Intragovernmental Coordination, Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment, Transportation, and Ways and Means.

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