Peg Lautenschlager, the first woman to serve as attorney general of Wisconsin, has died at the age of 62.

Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement after learning Lautenschlager passed away earlier today:

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my friend, Peg Lautenschlager,” he said. “Peg was a friend, mentor and an inspiring public servant who never lost sight of her advocacy for the people. Her strength, tenacity, and kindness were evident in her nearly 30 years of public service. She worked tirelessly for the people of northeast Wisconsin and then all of Wisconsin, and championed our values.”

A native of Fond du Lac, she became the first woman district attorney of Winnebago County in 1985 and served in that role until 1988, when she was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, where she served until 1993. She was appointed US Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Lautenschlager was elected attorney general in 2002 and served from January 2003 through January 2007. Most recently, she was named the first chair of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission in 2016 and served until April 2017.