Former Wisconsin Governor Patrick Lucey has died. The Democratic leader was elected to the post in 1970, then reelected in 1974. He left his second term in 1977 to become the Ambassador to Mexico in the Carter Administration.
Lucey also ran for Vice President as an Independent in 1980. As Governor, he will be remembered best for unifying the UW System and appointing Shirley Abrahamson to the State Supreme Court.
Lucy died Saturday night at the Milwaukee Catholic Home, following a brief illness. He was 96 years old.