Former State Rep. Robert "Bob" Hensley, Jr. died this morning at Rex Hospital from complications of leukemia. He was 62.
Hensley represented Wake County in the House from 1990 to 2002, according to a news release announcing his death.
"Bob Hensley was a spirited and dedicated public servant who fought for what he thought was right and always cared about the average citizen," said State Rep. Deborah Ross, who now holds Hensley's seat.
He was among a handful of dissident Democrats during the early 2000s who didn't hesitate to buck the will of then-Speaker Jim Black.
Hensley was born in 1947 in Wilmington.
He graduated with a BA in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and received his law degree from North Carolina Central University Law School.
"Bob was a progressive voice for Wake County and for the people of NC. During his time in the NC House, he represented the people with courage, enthusiasm, wisdom and wit. We will miss him," said Jennifer Weiss, a Raleigh Democrat.
Hensley is survived by his wife, Pat Granger Hensley and sons Preston, Chris and Robert Hensley, III.
"I want to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness and care during Bob’s illness. We hope that everyone will keep us in their prayers during this difficult time," said Pat Hensley.
Funeral arrangements are pending.