“Dick Hess and I came in together as freshmen in 1987, and he was always a good friend, colleague and ally on many issues.
“A devoted family man, Dick will be missed by many more than those of us in the state House. His loss will be felt throughout the 78th Legislative District, from constituents, to the schools and many service organizations he belonged to. He’s been a tireless public servant and truly helped so many people.”
Hess was 74 years old and died peacefully surrounded by family.
Funeral and other arrangements are being finalized.