By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Mar 15, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Former State Rep. Tamara Grigsby died Tuesday at the age of 41 due to health complications. Grigsby served on the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2005 until 2013, when her battle with cancer caused her to step down. 

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding Grigsby's passing:  

I am deeply saddened by the news of former State Rep. Tamara Grigsby’s passing. We have lost a truly great fighter for social justice.

Tamara was an exceptional advocate for families and children and a fierce defender of Milwaukee and our public schools. She consistently championed the rights of the poor and compassionately argued for fair and equal treatment for all our citizens. 

Tamara worked tirelessly to improve the lives of so many. She will be sorely missed.

In response to the passing of Wisconsin State Representative Tamara Grigsby, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) released the following statement:

Today, our hearts are heavy to hear of Tamara Grigsby’s passing. I had the great honor to have Tamara as one of my successors in the Wisconsin State Assembly, in fact, I encouraged her to run for the seat. She was my friend and I was captivated by her passion and commitment to improving the lives of her constituents. Tamara was a prolific legislator and I have no doubt that her profound impact in our community will be felt for generations to come.

Tamara personally inspired me and countless others with her integrity, courage, and strength. I ask all Wisconsinites to please join me in paying tribute to a young, brilliant woman who proudly served our state with dignity and conviction. I offer my thoughts and prayers to her family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.