Olga Mendez

 

 

Age: 84

 

Summary: the first Puerto Rican woman elected to a state legislature in the mainland U.S. who was a New York state senator for more than 20 years and wielded tremendous political influence in the Hispanic community, but who lost her seat after switching parties from Democrat to Republican.

 

 

Cause of Death: Cancer

 

Born: February 5, 1925

 

Died: July 29, 2009

 

Location: New York City, New York