Republican Congressman Dead at 59

Republican Congressman Dead at 59

Rep. (R-Minn.) is dead. The two-term Member of Congress announced a reoccurrence of his kidney cancer last July.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester diagnosed Hagedorn with stage IV kidney cancer earlier in February 2019. Last month, the Minnesota Republican tested positive for COVID-19.

Hagedorn’s wife, Jennifer Carnahan made news of his passing public this morning.

No cause of death was mentioned in Carnahan’s Facebook post.

Fox News continues:

Hagedorn was elected to represent Minnesota’s mostly rural 1st Congressional District south of Minneapolis in 2018. Shortly after being sworn in, he was first diagnosed with kidney cancer.

“Jim loved our country and loved representing the people of southern Minnesota,” Carnahan wrote. “Every moment of every day he lived his dream by serving others. There was no stronger conservative in our state than my husband; and it showed in how he voted, led and fought for our country.”

Hagedorn is the third House member to die during the 117th Congress. Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas, and Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., died last year. Also, Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, R-La., died in December 2020 from complications related to COVID-19 after being elected but was never sworn in.

The latest redistricting maps out of Minnesota have only slightly modified the state’s eight congressional districts. The incumbent members of Congress haven’t appeared to have lost or gained significant partisan support.

Observers expect Republicans to hold on to the vacant seat.

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