LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ed Vincent, who was elected the first black mayor of Inglewood before serving in the state Legislature, has died. He was 78.
California state Sen. Roderick Wright, who succeeded Vincent in the state senate, said in a statement that Vincent died on Friday.
A cause of death was not released.
Vincent became Inglewood's mayor in 1983 and remained in that role for 13 years before entering state politics. He served in the Assembly from 1996 to 2000 and the state Senate from 2000 and 2008 before being forced out by term limits.
The Democrat also played football for the University of Iowa and the Los Angeles Rams, served in the U.S. Army and worked for the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.