Former Republican Congressman Dan Schaefer who represented Colorado for 14 years has died after a battle with cancer.

He was 70.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Lakewood.

Schafer represented Colorado's Sixth Congressional District which covers southeast suburban Denver.

Republican Tom Tancredo now holds the seat.

Schaefer won a special election in 1983 to fill a vacancy caused by the death of congressman-elect John Swigert, the Apollo 13 astronaut.

Schaefer served on the House Commerce Committee and headed that panel's energy and power subcommittee.

He supported deregulating the electric power industry and opening it to competition.

Colorado Senator Wayne Allard says Schaefer was instrumental in getting the C-470 highway built.

The main building at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden was named after him in honor of his efforts on behalf of the lab.

Schaefer was a native of Guttenberg, Iowa, and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Niagra University.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1955 to 1957, became an educator and later a public affairs consultant.

He married Mary Lenney in 1959.

They had four children and lived in Lakewood.