St. Louis-area state lawmaker Cloria Brown dies

Rep. Cloria Brown and Rep. Andrew McDaniel at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City. (David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Republican state Rep. Cloria Brown has died.

Her legislative assistant, Brenda Frank, on Monday said she had died at age 75 after battling cancer.

Voters first elected Brown to the Legislature in 2010. She represented part of suburban St. Louis, including Mehlville.

Brown was known for sponsoring legislation to require businesses to hang posters advertising the national human trafficking hotline. Another lawmaker took up the measure following her illness, and Gov. Eric Greitens signed the bill into law this month.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe in a Monday statement touted Brown’s work on the bill and said she worked “tirelessly” to help women, children, and other vulnerable groups.

Brown previously worked as vice president of information systems for MasterCard International and as a software tech manager.