Media reports around the state are confirming the sudden death of Rep Claudia Griffith (D-Norman), of a heart attack. She was 67.
Griffith was seeking an open senate seat and in a runoff with Mary Boren.
Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, said he was very saddened by the news of Griffith's sudden passing, according to the statement.
"Claudia was a very warm, kind person who cared deeply about her constituents and the direction of our state. At the end of the day, we are all brothers and sisters working to improve the lives of Oklahomans. Her family is in my prayers, and I hope they find comfort in this difficult time," McCall said.
The Cleveland County Democratic Party confirmed her death on Saturday. Krystal Golding-Ross, party chair, described Griffith as a leader, mentor and important figure in the community.
Griffith was a registered nurse and received her Masters degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma. She was the executive director of Health for Friends, a nonprofit that provided specific health services to the underserved. Griffith had been married to her husband, Jim, for 46 years, and they have three children.
Griffith was elected to represent House District 45 in 2014 and again in 2016.