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Paul Lunardi , a former Democratic legislator who represented the wine industry in the Capitol for two decades, died Friday. He was 91.

The lifelong Roseville resident started his career in public service on the Roseville City Council in 1950, becoming the city's youngest mayor several years later. He won a seat in the state Assembly in 1958 and served three terms before being elected to the state Senate in a 1963 special election. He stepped down in 1966 because of redistricting, according to an obituary prepared by his family.

While in the Legislature, Lunardi's key accomplishments included fighting to keep part of the route linking Truckee and Lake Tahoe's North Shore open year-round, providing a boost to the ski and tourism industries, and authoring legislation to create the Lake Tahoe Joint Study Commission.

The Roseville Democrat went on to act as a legislative advocate for the Wine Institute, a position he held for two decades. He continued to represent other groups in the Capitol until 1994.

He is survived by children Nancy Lunardi, Carol Kennedy, Janet Bedrosian, and Richard Kennedy,11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.


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