Maylon Rice provides an extensive obituary on former Democratic state Rep. Charles Stewart of Fayetteville, whose record 44-year tenure in the House was ended by term limits in 1999. He was 93.

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We could use more Charles Stewarts these days. Coincidentally, Republican Sen. Jim Hendren made that point just a few days ago with this Tweet featuring Stewart.

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Thanks to power-hungry legislators, legislators again may serve 44 years or more in the legislature, though they’d have to sit out a two-year term occasionally.