Former Assemblyman Keith Richman, a Republican from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, died of brain cancer Friday. He was 56.

Richman, a physician, served in the Assembly from 2001 to 2007. He was an early advocate for reforms to government employee pensions, unsuccessfully seeking a state constitutional amendment that sought to dial back the defined retirement benefits promised to state and local employees. He was a founder of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, which continues to advocate for pension reform.

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