TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags lowered in honor of state Rep. Mike Peterson, D-Kansas City, who died Tuesday morning.

Flags are to be flown at half-staff through Peterson’s interment, which is to be announced at a later date. The lawmaker died after an extended illness, according to media reports.

Peterson first served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1990, and returned in 2005. He represented part of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.

“Rep. Mike Peterson was a life-long public servant and proud Kansan,” Brownback said. “Mike was a man of his word and served the people of Wyandotte County well. My prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Robin, and the family and friends who he loved so dearly. [He] will be greatly missed.”

The leader of the state Democratic Party said Peterson was one of the longest-serving Kansas legislators.

“Wyandotte County and Democrats across Kansas have lost a passionate leader and good man,” Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair, said. “I had the pleasure and privilege of serving with Mike in the Kansas Legislature and know Kansas is a better place today because of his two decades of dedicated service.