New Hampshire state representative Steve Vaillancourt has died at age 65. Vaillancourt had been battling heart problems and was found dead in his apartment Monday morning.
He was serving his 10th term in the State House representing Manchester’s Ward 8.
Representative Neal Kurk, who served several years on the House Finance Committee with Vaillancourt, said Vaillancourt’s lively personality will be missed.
"He was a spicy representative whose floor speeches kept us spellbound and amused," Kurk said before calling for a moment of silence during Monday's work session on the budget.
Since being elected to the House in 1996, Vaillancourt served as a Democrat, a Libertarian and most recently, a Republican.