Former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey died Saturday at the age of 96.
Lucey, who was born in La Crosse, grew up in Ferryville and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, died Saturday night at the Milwaukee Catholic Home after a brief illness.
Lucey was a hard-nosed Democratic politician who was elected twice as the 38th Governor of Wisconsin, from 1971 to 1977, and later as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979. He also ran for vice president of the United States as an independent in 1980.
His best known accomplishments in office included the formation of the University of Wisconsin System, an overhaul of the state shared tax formula, the strengthening of ethics laws, mental health treatment reforms, and progressive land conservation initiatives.