Andrew Jacobs Jr., 81, a former longtime Indiana congressman, died Saturday afternoon, according to a family spokesman.

Gary Taylor, a family friend and former campaign manager for Mr. Jacobs, said the former Democratic lawmaker had died at his Indianapolis home among family. Taylor said Mr. Jacobs had experienced declining health in recent years.

According to his congressional biography, Mr. Jacobs served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1959-60, and in the U.S. House from 1965-73 and from 1975-97.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence praised Mr. Jacobs' career in a statement released Saturday evening.

Mr. Jacobs "personified the kind of principled and compassionate leadership that Hoosiers most admire, and he will be greatly missed," Pence said. He highlighted Mr. Jacobs' work on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as Social Security and Medicare. - AP