State Representative Tony Sellier has died at a hospital in Peach County. The Republican lawmaker was 65 years-old and represented District 136 which includes parts of Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Lamar, Monroe, Peach and Upson counties. Sellier was elected in 2006 and recently won reelection to serve a third term.
Sellier was born in Trinidad and raised in Venezuela. He moved to the United States at the age of 15 to attend a Catholic boarding school in Florida. He became a U.S. citizen in 1973. In 1975 he moved to Fort Valley to accept a position with the Blue Bird Corporation.
He is survived by his wife Judye, three children and ten grandchildren.
House Speaker David Ralston issued the following statement on Sellier’s passing,
“Jane and I join this morning with each member of the Georgia House of Representatives in extending our prayers and love to the family of Rep. Tony Sellier. Today, we are hurting as we mourn the loss of Tony. He was one of the most decent and honorable individuals to serve the state of Georgia. The integrity and honor he brought to public service and the exceptional care he had for those he served will be a lasting tribute to his memory. Though we grieve at this time, we take comfort in the assurance that he rests with God, secure in the promise of eternal life.”
Funeral arrangements for Sellier have not been announced.