AUGUSTA, Ga. - FOX54 has learned former Senator Ed Tarver has died at his home in Augusta.

Tarver was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 48th United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. He was the first black man to serve in the role.

Tarver was elected to the Georgia senate in 2005 to represent the 22nd district.

He was a community leader and public servant, as well as a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Tarver graduated from Augusta College and the University of Georgia School of Law. He was 64 years old.

FOX54 has obtained the following statement from Tarver's law partner, Ed Enoch:
"The Honorable Edward Jerome Tarver, former United States Attorney and State Senator, died this morning from complications following surgery in December. Ed’s wife Carol and I appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have already received from the community. Ed was a significant and important figure in our community, and we understand everyone’s interest. We hope the community he served so faithfully will honor him today with privacy for his loved ones, so that they may grieve this unexpected loss, and in the days to come with support in the celebration of his life. Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized."