PORTLAND, Maine — Former state Sen. Joseph Brannigan, 83, passed away Saturday night in Portland, a spokesperson for Maine Senate Democrats confirmed Sunday.

Brannigan, a Democrat, first served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1979 to 1986 and again 2001 to 2004, a Senate and House register. He served in the Senate from 1987 to 1994 and from 2007 to 2012 representing parts of Portland and Westbrook.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, said, “Senator Joe Brannigan touched thousands of lives through his work and commitment at the Shalom

House and his public service in the Legislature. Joe’s sharp wit made him a

tremendous leader and he will miss him.”

Shalom House is a halfway house in Portland for adults living with severe mental illness, according to its website.

Brannigan most recently served on the Insurance and Financial Services Committee but earlier in his legislative career served on the Appropriations Committee, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.