Alabama State Representative Dimitri Polizos, 68, died Wednesday morning after suffering from a massive heart attack on Tuesday the Alabama House of Representatives has confirmed.
Polizos was first elected to the House District 74 seat during a December 2013 special election after the seat was left vacant following Jay Love’s resignation to work for the Business Council of Alabama. He was reelected in 2014 and 2018. He served on the Montgomery County Commission prior to his time in the House, from 2004 to 2013.
Monrovia-Republican and Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon called Polizos a good friend.
“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.”
Rainsville-Republican and House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter released the following statement regarding Polizos’ passing on Wednesday:
The members of the House Republican Caucus are profoundly saddened by the loss of our friend, our colleague, and our fellow lawmaker, State Rep. Dimitri Polizos.
Throughout his legislative service, Rep. Polizos demonstrated his commitment to the conservative principles and ideals that remain at the core of our Alabama Republican Party, and he worked each day to ensure that the needs of his legislative district were met.
A tireless worker for both his constituents and his customers, Rep. Polizos would often spend all day representing his district in the Alabama State House and devote all night to serving the patrons of his famous Mr. G’s restaurant.
In the sometimes partisan and rancorous atmosphere of the Alabama State House, Rep. Polizos was universally respected, liked, and appreciated by members on both sides of the political aisle, which offers true testament to his innate kindness and easygoing nature.
House District 74 is better for having had Dimitri Polizos as its state representative, and all of us who served with him are better for having had the privilege of calling him our friend.
The thoughts and prayers of all of the members of the House Republican Caucus remain with his family at this time of great loss.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, three children and five grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.