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  [TX] State Rep. Kuempel dies after heart attack
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Last EditedDFWDem  Nov 04, 2010 02:25pm
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News DateThursday, November 4, 2010 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionState Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, has died after a heart attack, Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced at the Austin City Council meeting today.

Kuempel, 67, was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge today, Leffingwell said.

Kuempel suffered a heart attack last year during the Legislative session.

He was found collapsed in a Capitol elevator during a late-night House session May 13, 2009, causing the chamber to abruptly adjourn for the night.

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, who is an anesthesiologist, attended to Kuempel.

Zerwas said that when he reached Kuempel, he was unresponsive, was not breathing and had no pulse. Zerwas said he oversaw CPR until EMS arrived. He said a defibrillator was used to shock Kuempel about eight times.

Kuempel, a salesman with CMC Steel Texas in Seguin, is chairman of the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee, the panel through which gambling legislation typically flows.

A House member since 1983, he was formerly chairman of the House Administration Committee, the Committee on Retirement and Aging and the Committee on State Recreational Resources.

Kuempel, a graduate of Austin High School, is one of the most jovial members in the House, known for greeting women with a kiss on the cheek or hand.
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