(LANSING, Mich.) -- News came Monday that William van Regenmorter, a former state senator, passed away this week, according to U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga in a statement. Regenmorter served in the state legislature for nearly 25 years, and was known for having championed the rights of crime victims, reports the Detroit Free Press.
“Sen. Van Regenmorter was a staple in the community, who led by example and was not only a valued mentor to me but a trusted friend as well,” said Huizenga.
Regenmorter drafted the Michigan’s Crime Victim’s Rights Act of 1985, which the paper says became a national model for other acts of a similar nature. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded Regenmorter the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award.
Regenmorter is survived by his wife and four children.
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