Sitting GOP Congressman Dies Suddenly

Sitting GOP Congressman Dies Suddenly

( – Death is a reality every living, breathing organism on the planet has to face at some point. Even the best, brightest and most dedicated people can’t live forever. For one Republican congressman, that truth came recently.

US Representative Jim Hagedorn (R-MN) died on Thursday, February 17, at the age of 59. The sitting Republican’s cause of death so far is unknown, although reports indicate he was battling kidney cancer. According to his wife, Hagedorn passed away surrounded by loved ones.

Jennifer Carnahan, the Representative’s wife, confirmed his death a day later on Facebook. She wrote that her husband loved America and representing his Minnesota district, adding that Hagedorn lived his dream every day through serving others. She concluded her post proclaiming she loves and misses him, admitting to feeling empty without him.

Hagedorn was born in Blue Earth, MN in 1962, and grew up on a 160-acre farm. Later, Hagedorn would earn a degree from George Mason University in government and politics. The Republican gained his seat in the House after defeating the incumbent Democrat by only 1,500 votes, breaking a 10-year Democrat streak.

StarTribune reported that Hagedorn spoke about taking power away from Washington and giving it back to the people, making sure constituents were free to do what they thought was best with their money instead of enabling the government to tell them how to live. Hagedorn’s campaign mentioned his dedication to focusing on the needs of his district, such as agriculture, transportation, small businesses and health care.

Doctors diagnosed Hagedorn with kidney cancer in 2019. The following year he had a kidney removed. Over the summer of 2021, Hagedorn announced that his cancer was back. No official cause of death has been disclosed.

Hagedorn’s family, friends, colleagues and constituents will always remember how dedicated he was to prioritizing the best interests of those he served. Voters in Minnesota will choose who takes his place and serves the rest of his term on August 9.

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