Dennis Richardson, Oregon secretary of state, dies

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who last year announced he had been diagnosed with brain cancer, has died.

Richardson’s office said in a statement that he died at home Tuesday night surrounded by family and friends.

The 69-year-old Republican was a six-term member of the Oregon House before being elected secretary of state in 2016. He was the only Republican holding statewide office in Oregon.

Gov. Kate Brown ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of Richardson.

Brown will appoint Richardson’s successor. In a statement her office said she would make a choice in the coming weeks and would consider a Republican who commits to not entering the 2020 election.