Updated Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Edward T. Luders, a former representative who served in Democratic leadership in the Washington Legislature during the 1970s, has died of cancer. He was 84.
Luders died Friday at a hospice house in Spokane, his daughter, Lynne Young, told The Spokesman-Review (http://is.gd/6rqEHY).
He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1970, and served as chairman of the House Ecology Committee and as the House Democratic whip.
"He had a sense of civic responsibility and at the time, there were a lot of environmental and education issues that he felt he could impact by being in the Legislature," Young said.
Luders was re-elected in 1972 and 1974 and resigned from the office amid a party leadership squabble in January 1976, citing personal and financial reasons, according to news archives.
Luders taught economics and government at North Central High School in Spokane for 20 years. He taught while in office and later became the curriculum director for the Intermediate School District 101, now the Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101, the newspaper reported.
He retired in 1982 as district superintendent and became an independent logger and rancher in Pend Oreille County.
Luders was born in Spokane on Nov. 3, 1928. He graduated from Gonzaga University and later from Eastern Washington State College where he obtained his secondary teaching credentials. He served in the Army National Guard and Air National Guard.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com