Lawmakers mourn Rep. Sean Cox
House Majority Leader D. J. Bettencourt today said he is ';shocked and deeply saddened'; by the freshman legislator's death.
';Like all who worked with and came to know him, I admired and respected his intelligence, dedication and sincerity,'; Bettencourt said in a statement
';I will miss him as a friend who was always quick to offer advice and words of encouragement. New Hampshire will miss him as a public servant and his constituents have lost an outstanding advocate,'; he added.
Bettencourt said ';there were certainly no health issues that I was aware of and that is a big part of the surprise.'; He described Cox as a father who was a ';very active'; and ';very energetic'; legislator.
House Speaker Bill O'Brien contacted Cox's wife who confirmed he had died Saturday night, Bettencourt said.
Cox represented District 6 in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He sat on the Science, Technology and Energy Committee.