Diane Derby, Jeffords' former press secretary and a spokeswoman for his family, told the Los Angeles Times that he died at his residence in Washington. The cause of death was unclear but Derby said he had been in declining health.
In a statement, Sen.
Jeffords announced in 2005 that he would not seek a fourth term, citing his and his wife's health problems. His wife, Liz, died in 2007.
Jeffords served more than 30 years in Washington. He won election to the House in 1974 as a Republican.
He was the only Republican in the House to vote against President Reagan's tax cuts in 1981. Later, upset with President
Jeffords is survived by his daughter, Laura, and son, Leonard, who reside in the