A Democratic congresswoman, Juanita Millender-McDonald, has died of cancer.
Millender-McDonald, who was 68, died Sunday at her home in Carson, California, said her chief of staff, Bandele McQueen. McQueen could provide no details on what form of cancer Millender-McDonald had. He said she had been receiving hospice care.
Under California election procedures, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has 14 days to set a date for a special election to fill the seat. Her death will not affect the balance of power in the House, where Democrats have a solid majority.
The congresswoman had asked for a four- to six-week leave of absence from the House of Representatives last week to deal with her illness.
She was in her seventh, two-year term representing a heavily Democratic Southern California district.
Millender-McDonald is the second member of Congress to die this year of cancer. Republican Congressman Charles Norwood Jr. of Georgia died in February after battling cancer and lung disease.