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Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., has died at age 59, his wife Jennifer Carnahan announced on Facebook.
Hagedorn announced a recurrence of kidney cancer last July and had tested positive for COVID-19 last month. A cause of death was not mentioned in Carnahan’s Facebook post.
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 of serving others. There was no stronger conservative in our state than my husband; and it shows in the way he voted, led and fought for our country.”
Carnahan described him as a “husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, friend, brother-in-law, son-in-law, Vikings, Penguins and Twins fan”.
“Though nothing can accurately prepare you for the unimaginable pain, intense grief, suffocating grief, and seemingly endless emptiness that engulfs your entire body, soul, and spirit when your forever love dies; at least , we can smile knowing Jim is smiling from heaven encouraging us to pursue our dreams, love unconditionally and fight for country,” she continued.
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“Jim Hagedorn, I love you,” Carnahan concluded. “I miss you. I feel empty without you. I will always hold your hand.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.