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PALIKIR, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (April 11, 2001 - FSMCN/FSM Information Service)---Senator Wagner Moses Lawrence, member of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, died on April 9, 2001.

Senator Lawrence was pronounced dead at 1:00 p.m. in the Pohnpei State Hospital Emergency Room. The cause of death indicated by the Hospital was an apparent cardiac arrest.

The late Senator was laid to rest Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at his residence in Ninseitamw. In accordance with the wishes of the family, a state funeral was not held.

"Senator Lawrence exemplified humility and diligence," was the description offered by Senator Peter Christian of District-3, who shared some brief remarks with the family on behalf of the National Government. Christian further stated that the late Senator’s hard work and dedication was evident, recognized and appreciated by his people in District-2.

Senator Wagner Lawrence was a Pohnpei native, born April 30, 1952 in Kitti Municipality. A 1970 graduate of Xavier High School, Lawrence majored in Education and minored in Sociology at Seattle University in Washington State.

Before his tenure with Congress, Lawrence had held various posts within both state and municipal governments. In his municipality, Lawrence had served as the Speaker of the Isokohnedi, the Municipal Council of Kitti.

With Pohnpei state, he had held the position of State Community Division Chief and later was the Director of the Department of Land. During his state tenure, Lawrence was a member of the Board of Pohnpei Transportation Authority, and also a member of the JTPA Board.

Lawrence joined Sixth FSM Congress in 1989 as the elected representative from the 2dn Congressional District of Pohnpei State: Madolenihmw and Kitti. As a freshman senator, Lawrence served as Vice Chairman of the congressional committee on Transportation and Communications. He was a member of the standing committees on Ways & Means and Resource & Development, seats he retained up through the current Congress.

In the Seventh Congress, Lawrence was elected Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations, a chair he maintained up through the current 11th FSM Congress.

Lawrence was re-elected representative of Pohnpei’s 2nd Congressional District during the Elections in March 2001.

Senator Wagner M. Lawrence is survived by his wife Annette and their seven children.

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