Knesset member and former minister Ze'ev Biom passed away on Friday at the age of 67 after battling cancer.
Boim most recently served as a Kadima MK and as chairman of the subcommittee for home front readiness.
In the past, Boim held posts such as deputy defense minister, minister of immigrant absorption, minister of agriculture and minister of construction and housing.
Boim began his career as an educator and principal of Rogozin School in Kiryat Gat and later became mayor of the city for 13 years. Boim has served as a Knesset member since 1996, from the 14th to the 18th Knesset, on behalf of Likud and then Kadima, including serving as Likud faction chairman under former prime minister Ariel Sharon.
"Zevik always represented the values which Zionism was founded upon," Kadima leader Tzipi Livni said. "He loved this country and its people. He was a man with a conscience and was always straight. The state of Israel has lost one of its best sons and leaders today. Kadima is proud Boim chose to represent it during his lifetime. He will be missed as a friend, as a colleague and as an exemplary individual. May his memory be blessed."
Boim is survived by his wife Edna, his three daughters and seven grandchildren.