Ex-state lawmaker Manuel "Lito" Pena dies at 88 - WNEM TV 5

Ex-state lawmaker Manuel "Lito" Pena dies at 88

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Family members say former state lawmaker Manuel "Lito" Pena, Jr. has died at age 88.

Henry Pena says his father died Saturday of natural causes in Phoenix and services are pending.

Pena served in the state House and Senate from 1967 through 1996. His son says he championed consumer protection and other causes that helped the "little guy."

An Arizona State University biography says Pena was born in Cashion and grew up in Tolleson. He returned to the Phoenix area after Army service and went to work at his father's grocery store, then became involved in voter-registration and school desegregation causes and became active in the Democratic Party.

His wife, Aurora Cruz Pena, died in March.

Pena is survived by his son and six other children, plus 26 grandchildren.

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