The former President of the Minnesota Senate, Allan Spear, has died at the age of 71. Spear passed away Saturday from complications following heart surgery.
The DFLer represented Minneapolis for 28 years in the legislature.
In an interview in 1974, he revealed that he was gay, becoming one of the first openly gay legislators in the country.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with former DFL Majority Leader Roger Moe, who served with Spear in the legislature for many years.