Former Arizona lawmaker Burnell Smith dies

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- Former Arizona Rep. David Burnell Smith has died at age 73.
 
House Speaker Andy Tobin said Monday his staff received confirmation that Smith died Friday of what he called natural causes.
 
Smith stepped down in 2006 after courts upheld a removal order from the state's Citizens Clean Elections Commission for violating campaign spending laws.
 
Smith vowed to return and made at least two efforts to regain his Scottsdale-based seat. He lost a three-way Republican primary in Legislative District 15 in August.

His campaign biography says Smith was born in Charleston, West Virginia and came to Arizona in 1983 with his wife Rita. He was a lawyer by profession.
 
Tobin says Smith loved being in the Legislature and pushed for lawsuit reform legislation even though many in his profession opposed it.