MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Lawmakers across the state are reacting to the passing of State Rep. Dimitri Polizos Wednesday morning.
According to a release from the State House, Polizos, a Republican congressman and restaurant owner from Montgomery, was hit by a heart attack in his home Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital in Montgomery, where he died at 68 years old.
Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, was friends with the late legislator and described him as a good public sevrant.
“He championed the cause of small business and was always watchful that tax dollars were being spent wisely,” said McCutcheon. “My wife Debbie and I offer our heartfelt sympathy to his family.”
Before becoming a state representative, Polizos worked as a Montgomery County Commissioner from 2004 until 2013, when he won the special election for the District 74 seat. State Rep. Reed Ingram, R-Pike Road, said Polizos had been a reliable man, having worked with him since serving on the county commission together.
“We relied on each other a lot,” said Ingram. “He was a man of his word and he was always there if you needed him. All you had to do was call.“
Governor Kay Ivey also expressed her sympathy to the Polizos family in a statement made Wednesday:
Representative Polizos was a man of honor and distinction. He was first and foremost a proud family man and member of his community. He was a successful small business owner who believed in hard work and treating people the right way. Each day when he went to work in the State House he took that viewpoint with him and served the people of his district with their best interests in mind. His presence will be missed. My prayers for peace and comfort are with his wife Dorothy and their family during this difficult time.
Born and raised in Montgomery, Dimitri Polizos continued the legacy of his father, longtime restaurant owner Gus Polizos, even naming his own restuarant Mr Gus’ Ristorante after his father back in 2008. The location specializes in Greek and Italian food.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, three children and five grandchildren.