Lacey C. Sharp, a longtime Capitol Hill staff member who was general counsel of the House Agriculture Committee from 1969 to 1973, died Sunday at his home in Shreveport, La., after a heart attack.
Mr. Sharp came to Washington from his native Texas in 1937 to become a congressional Secretary to the late Rep. Albert Thomas (D-Tex.), and was an attorney in the executive branch of the government for a short time. a
From 1944 to 1961, Mr. Sharp was a member of the staff of former Rep. W.R. Poage (D-Tex.). He was Poage's administrative assistant and executive secretary. He was named "secretary of the year" by the Hill publication "Roll Call" in 1961.
In addition to working for government, Mr. Sharp worked in private industry, representing the American Hospital Association and Blue Cross and Blue Shield on the Hill from 1961 to 1968, and again from 1974 until retiring and moving to Shreveport in 1975.
He was a founder and charter member of the Congressional Staff Club and was a longtime resident of Alexandria.
Mr. Sharp attended Texas A&M and the University of Texas and earned a law degree at Georgetown University.
His first wife, Ruth Fiskum Sharp, died in 1971. Survivors include his wife, Marie Jones Sharp of Shreveport; a son by his first marriage, Lacey (Rusty) Sharp of Alexandria; a sister, Lois Harrington of Shreveport, and one grandchild.