The New Orleans Advocate reports that former longtime Mandan Republican state Rep. Rae Ann Kelsch has died.
Kelsch died after becoming infected with Vibrio vulnificus, which is linked to oysters, according to the Bismarck Tribune.
Kelsch was first elected to the North Dakota House in 1990 and served 22 years, including as the chairwoman of the Education Committee.
She was defeated in the 2012 primary, after it came to light she didn’t file state income tax returns for seven years.
Kelsch’s husband, Thomas, a lawyer, said at the time that he was to blame for the tax problems. The couple said the tax bill was eventually paid.