TOPEKA — Former longtime state Sen. Greta Goodwin died Wednesday. She was 74.
Goodwin, a Winfield Democrat, joined the House of Representatives in 1993 where she served until being elected to the state Senate in 1996. She served in the Senate, representing Sumner and Cowley counties and the area around Mulvane until 2008.
She was born Oct. 1, 1936, in Winfield.
Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said that Goodwin was a "consciously hardworking legislator."
She had a great work ethic and reached across party lines to work with Republicans and accomplish things for the people she represented, he said.
Among her greatest legislative accomplishments, Hensley said, was convincing Republican Gov. Bill Graves to bring the Kansas Veterans Home to Winfield to occupy the space vacated by the closed Winfield State Hospital.
On a personal side, "she was a very good friend and she was a great family person," he said.
A visitation is set from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield, according to an obituary published in the Winfield Daily Courier.