GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Former congressman Vern Ehlers passed away Tuesday.
Ehlers served as a U.S. Member of Congress for the Third Congressional District representing Kent, Barry, and Ionia Counties from December 1993 until his retirement in January 2011.
Now we hearing from a co-worker of Ehlers.
Chris Barbee served as Ehler's Press Secretary for nearly eight years.
"Vern holds a special place in my heart. He was a great boss," says Barbee.
Ehlers was the first physicist ever elected to congress.
"When there were science related issues that came up, he could really say, I understand it because I'm a scientist and not a lot of other Congressman could do that," says Barbee.
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