Former Rep. Rhodes of Arizona Dies

Posted January 20, 2011 at 11:50pm

Former Rep. Jay Rhodes (R-Ariz.) died Thursday from complications stemming from an October car crash, the Arizona Republic reported.

Rhodes, 67, served in the House from 1987 to 1993. He was elected to succeed John McCain, who made a successful bid for the Senate. Rhodes’ father also held the district seat, from 1953 to 1983.

After losing his re-election race in 1992, Rhodes worked as a government relations lawyer in Washington, D.C. He died in a Washington hospital, according to his brother, Tom Rhodes.

Jay Rhodes suffered three fractured vertebrae in the car crash. “He was doing OK until about 10 days ago, when he took a turn for the worse,” his brother told the newspaper.