Vermont Republican legislator John Palasik dies

Vermont Republican state legislator John Palasik has died at the age of 68.

Republican governor Phil Scott paid tribute to the longtime Milton resident, who passed away Tuesday morning, VTDigger reported.

Republican legislator dies

The sad news comes just a week after the midterm elections.

Palasik did not seek a third term in the state House, opting instead to spend more time with his family.

The governor said Palasik “always advocated for his community” in the state’s capital of Montpelier.

“We will miss his voice and contributions in the State House,” Scott said.

A true public servant, Palasik was also a police officer for over three decades, as well as a U.S. Army veteran and Vermont national guardsman.

“Great man”

He got into politics later in life, winning the election to the state house in 2018 and then winning a second term in 2020.

Milton town manager Don Turner called Palasik a “great man” who was dedicated to his community.

“He was just a real community servant,” Turner said. “He gave a lot to the residents of this town, and our state.”

An obituary said that Palasik died peacefully surrounded by his wife and family.

Governor Scott has ordered flags lowered to half-staff for Palasik’s funeral on Saturday.