Maine's Democratic Party was left in mourning this week following the death of state lawmaker Lois Galgay Reckitt.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Reckitt passed away on Monday at the age of 78 following a battle with colon cancer.
First elected to Maine's state legislature in 2016, Reckitt spent decades pursuing left-wing activism, as evidenced by her arrest outside of the White House during a protest against then-President Ronald Reagan.
"It was because the president (Reagan) never said the word AIDS," was quoted as saying when recounting her experience at the University of Southern Maine in 2020. She went on to denounce the 40th president as "a ditz."
Dan Saulnier is Reckitt's nephew, and he told the Press Herald, "I’ve always admired my Aunt Lois. She spent her whole life in service to others and fighting for a more just world."
"And yet she was always there if I needed support, or advice, or just to get away. I’ve never met anyone quite like her, and I’ll miss her deeply," he stressed.
Some took to social media following Reckitt's death, including Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who described her as "a dear friend."
My statement on the passing of Representative Lois Galgay Reckitt pic.twitter.com/vQu1jkZdQb
— Governor Janet Mills (@GovJanetMills) October 31, 2023
Democratic House Majority Leader Mo Terry and Assistant Majority Leader Kristen Cloutier spoke up as well, calling the lawmaker "a modern pioneer."
Statement from House Majority Leader Mo Terry and Assistant Majority Leader Kristen Cloutier on the passing of the Honorable Lois Galgay Reckitt. pic.twitter.com/ZgkZLitQ33
— Maine House Democrats (@MaineHouseDems) October 31, 2023
Yet another statement was issued by the Human Rights Campaign, a group that defends transgender ideology in schools.
We are saddened by the passing of former Maine State Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt. She was a founding member of the Human Rights Campaign in 1980. She was a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ and women's rights. Reckitt's impact on our movement will outlast us all. ❤️ https://t.co/yB46QCulQy
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) October 31, 2023
"We are saddened by the passing of former Maine State Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt. She was a founding member of the Human Rights Campaign in 1980," the organization declared.
It went on to call Reckitt " a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ and women's rights," adding, "Reckitt's impact on our movement will outlast us all."