Marie Colton, a former state representative from Asheville who rose to the number two position in the North Carolina House becoming the first woman to hold the position, died Tuesday at the age of 95. Her daughter Liz confirmed her mother's death to BPR.
Marie Colton was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and served in office for 16 years. In 1991, she was elected speaker pro tempore - becoming the first woman to hold the prestigious number two position in the chamber. Her husband Henry served on Asheville city council. He died in 2011.