NSW Premier Chris Minns has paid tribute to the ‘mighty’ Brian Langton after the longtime Labor heavyweight died, aged 75.
‘I am deeply saddened by the loss of my good friend and confidant the Honourable Brian Langton,’ the Premier said in a statement on Tuesday.
‘He was a vocal advocate for the people of his community throughout his time as a councillor and Mayor, and he sustained that advocacy throughout his more than 15 years in NSW parliament.’
‘In fact, it is almost 40 years since Brian was first elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly, back on 22 October 1983.’
Former NSW Labor Minister Brian Langton (pictured) has died age 75
‘As a Minister in the Carr Labor Government, Brian served in the portfolios of Minister for Transport and Minister for Tourism, and then Minister for Fair Trading and Minister for Emergency Services.’
Langton resigned from the NSW cabinet in 1998 after the Independent Commission Against Corruption found that he had acted corruptly in the rorting of charter plane expenses.
After a lengthy career in politics, Mr Langton continued to be very active in the local community and particularly focused on sport, Premier Minns said.
‘After politics, he continued to dedicate his life to volunteering and community advocacy, including combining his two great loves: Kogarah and footy.’
‘Brian was a member of the NSW AFL Judiciary for 20 years and served as the President of St George AFL.’
‘He volunteered at the Wayside Chapel, for Lifeline, for Meals on Wheels, for St Vincent De Paul and at countless local events.’
‘Brian is survived by his wife Elizabeth, daughters Davina, Adele and Celia and his seven grandchildren.’
‘To Brian’s loved ones, my thoughts are with you at this time. I pass on my deepest condolences.’
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