Jim Hagedorn, a Conservative Republican and US Representative from Minnesota, died on Thursday at the age of 59, after a two-year battle with kidney cancer. Hagedorn first announced he was being treated for Stage 4 kidney cancer in February of 2020.
Jennifer Carnahan, his wife, confirmed the sad news on her social media Friday morning, along with a photo of her holding her husband’s hand in his final moments.
‘It is with a broken heart, shattered spirit and overwhelming sadness I share my husband Congressman Jim Hagedorn passed away peacefully last night,” Carnahan wrote. “Jim was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, friend, brother-in-law, son-in-law, Vikings, Penguins and Twins fan and will be missed and remembered by many.’
Hagedorn was part of the Agriculture Committee and the Republican Study Committee in Congress. He was among the 147 Republicans who voted to object to the certification of Joe Biden’s win on Jan. 6, 2021.
Just nine days ago, Hageron introduced a resolution according to a press release from his office.
“Today, Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) introduced a resolution that will direct the Clerk of the House to place a national debt clock in the House Chamber. Its display will provide more transparency to the American people and serve as a reminder to lawmakers as they vote on proposals that will increase the national debt. Congressman Hagedorn was joined by 19 of his colleagues in cosponsoring the bill upon introduction.
“For the first time in the history of the United States, the national debt has surpassed $30 trillion. Moreover, in the one year that President Biden has been in office and the Democrat Party has had full control of Congress, the debt has risen by over $2 trillion. Their radical policies and reckless spending have caused inflation to skyrocket and fueled a national debt increase that has become unmanageable.
“The American people deserve full transparency about this nation’s fiscal affairs, and this resolution will be a strong reminder to lawmakers as they vote on proposals that could put our country further in debt.
“The clock is ticking on America’s economic crisis, and it will only get worse under Washington Democrats’ failed one-party rule. We must put forth commonsense, conservative policies that will strengthen our economy and protect future generations from this fiscal burden,” said Congressman Hagedorn.
According to his Bio:
Congressman Hagedorn was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota, in 1962, to Tom and Kathleen. His formative years were spent on a 160-acre grain and livestock farm outside of Truman. Jim was part of a rich family tradition of farming, with his father, grandfather and great-grandfather all being southern Minnesota farmers.
Through Jim’s unique perspective on national politics, Jim earned respect for notable leaders including Jack Kemp, Henry Hyde, and Ronald Reagan, who, along with his father, are Jim’s political heroes.
The Daily Mail reported that Hagedorn had surgery that was deemed successful, but cancer returned in July of 2021, and on January 4, he confirmed that he had tested positive for COVID. He said he had mild symptoms and was vaccinated.