BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Former State Representative Stephen Kulik of Worthington has died.

The Massachusetts House of Representatives adjourned in remembrance of their former colleague.

Kulik retired from the state legislature in 2018 when he announced that he would not run for reelection. He served for 25 years, beginning in 1993, in the state’s House of Representatives as representative for the 1st Franklin District, and had served as the chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

Berkshire State Representative Smitty Pignatelli released this statement on Twitter:

“The @MAStateHouse lost another wonderful former colleague with the passing of a true gentleman, Steve Kulik from #westmass. A friend and mentor to many with a strong legacy of service. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Thanks and praise to Steve for a life well lived. #mapoli”

State Representative Smitty Pignatelli via Twitter

Speaker of the House, Ronald Mariano sent 22News this statement:

“In the 25 years that I served with Representative Kulik, I found him to be a thoughtful and knowledgeable public servant who cared deeply about his district and constituents. I know that I speak for the entire House when I say that he will be truly missed.”

Ronald J. Mariano (D), Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives