NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Former longtime State Rep. David Shepard has died at the age of 73.
The House Democratic Caucus confirmed his death on Thursday, saying Shepard had been battling cancer for the past several months and had recently contracted COVID-19.
As a Democrat, Shepard represented Tennessee District 69, serving parts of Dickson, Hickman and Maury counties for 16 years.
The Democratic Caucus said Shepard had several accomplishments while in the legislature, including the passage of numerous bills that benefited veterans and Dickson County residents -- ranging from requiring insurance companies to cover conditions previously not covered to several Dickson infrastructure bills.
“David Shepard cared deeply about veterans and local issues and he was also just a joy to be around. He always had a ready smile and a pleasant disposition that served him well when fighting for causes dear to his heart. The entire Caucus sends heartfelt condolences to Martha, their children, grandchildren, family and friends. We will deeply miss David,” said House Minority Leader Karen Camper (D -- Memphis).
Before serving in the state legislature, Shepard served on the Dickson City Council for 12 years and as vice-mayor for more than a decade. He was also a Vietnam Veteran who retired from the Veterans Administration Medical Center after 22 years as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Psychiatry.