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Former Maine legislator Georgette Berube, at 77

LEWISTON, Maine -- Georgette Berube, a Lewiston native who served 26 years in the Maine Legislature and ran unsuccessfully for governor, died Wednesday.

Mrs. Berube, 77, served six of her legislative terms in the House of Representatives, from 1971 to 1982, then seven more in the Senate, from 1985 to 1996, and later from 1999 to 2000.

In 1982, she launched a primary campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, losing to incumbent Joseph Brennan.

Mrs. Berube attended Lewiston schools and the University of Maine. A widow, she had a son and daughter.

US Senator Susan Collins of Maine released a statement saying the state had lost a ''dedicated and conscientious public servant." Collins, a Republican, cited Mrs. Berube's service to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

US Representative Michaud Michaud, Democrat of Maine, said Berube's ''commitment to her family, her church, her Franco-American heritage, and her community will be sorely missed."

Governor John Baldacci, a Democrat who served with Mrs. Berube in the Senate, remembered her as ''an ardent advocate of senior and youth issues."

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