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Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:09 PM

Helen Bentley, Former Maryland Congresswoman, Dies at 92

Source: Associated Press

Helen Bentley, Former Maryland Congresswoman, Dies at 92

By BRIAN WITTE, ASSOCIATED PRESS ANNAPOLIS, Md. Aug 6, 2016, 4:52 PM ET

Helen Delich Bentley, a former Maryland congresswoman who was an expert on the maritime industry, died Saturday of brain cancer. She was 92.

Key Kidder, a spokesman for the family, said Bentley died shortly after 1:30 p.m. at her home in Timonium, where she was receiving hospice care.

Bentley, a Republican, served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the state's 2nd Congressional District for 10 years from 1985 to 1995. She was known for a tenacious and gruff political style that produced results, especially when it came to her beloved Port of Baltimore. The port was named after her in 2006.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who described Bentley as one of Maryland's most dedicated and respected leaders, ordered state flags flown at half-staff in her honor.

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