Hawaii's first female lieutenant governor dies

Published: Nov. 26, 2013 at 1:06 AM HST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2013 at 4:44 AM HST
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Former Lt. Gov. Jean Sadako King
Former Lt. Gov. Jean Sadako King

HONOLULU (AP) - The first woman elected lieutenant governor of Hawaii has died.

Former Lt. Gov. Jean Sadako King died Sunday evening at her home in Honolulu. She was 87.

Granddaughter Tina Lance said Monday all three of King's grandchildren who live locally were with her. Lance says King's children predeceased her.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports King served in the state House and Senate before running for lieutenant governor in 1978. She served as Gov. George Ariyoshi's lieutenant governor from 1978 to 1982.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie calls King a "true pioneer." He says he fondly remembers and values the time they served together in the state Legislature.

Abercrombie says that throughout the years, she remained a steadfast advocate for peace and the environment.

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