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