West Virginia statesman and author Ken Hechler, a nine-term congressman who once worked in the Truman White House and marched with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. He was 102.
Hechler died Saturday at the family home in Romney, W.Va, his wife Carol said.
Hechler was a fixture in Washington and his home state, championing civil rights legislation and fighting for coal mine safety, strip mine regulations and black lung compensation.
He later served four terms as West Virginia's secretary of state, becoming a common sight driving around Charleston in his trademark red Jeep.
An Army combat historian in Europe during World War II, Hechler interviewed...