Former state legislator Lorraine Wojahn died Saturday evening in Tacoma at age 92 from congestive heart failure, according to the adult care facility where she was living.
The Tacoma Democrat is known for helping create the Department of Health and supporting the Equal Rights Amendment.
She served as one of seven women in the House starting in 1969, and one of seven women in the Senate starting in 1977.
She served 32 years in total.
Wojahn served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate. She was the first woman to preside during a session adjourning sine die.
Locally, she helped develop the Washington State History Museum and the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
She ran to be mayor of Tacoma and lost in 1977.
She was born in Washington in 1920. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended the University of Washington in Seattle.
The News Tribune is attempting to contact Wojahn’s family.