Jim Hagedorn’s (R-MN) wife Jennifer Carnahan announced the sad news on Facebook.

Hagedorn announced last July he was struggling with a reoccurrence of kidney cancer. He tested positive for COVID-19 last month but had not reported any complications.

Hagedorn represented Minnesota’s mostly rural 1st Congressional District south of Minneapolis since 2018. Shortly after his election 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.”

His wife also described him as “loving husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, friend, brother-in-law, son-in-law, Vikings, Penguins and Twins fan.”

“While nothing can accurately prepare you for the unimaginable pain, intense sorrow, suffocating grief and seemingly never-ending emptiness that engulfs the entire body, soul and spirit when your forever love passes away; at least we can smile knowing Jim is smiling from heaven encouraging us to keep chasing our dreams, loving unconditionally and fighting for the country.”

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