US Rep. Hagedorn dies at age 59

Rebecca Omastiak KSTP
Published: February 18, 2022 – 7:22 AM

U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn. 1st District, has died.

Governor Tim Walz has ordered flags be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Feb. 19 in honor of Congressman Hagedorn.

Hagedorn’s wife and former GOP chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan confirmed the news with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Friday morning.

He was 59.

Hagedorn was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in 2019 and began receiving care at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He announced he had a kidney removed as well as cancerous tissues surrounding the kidney.

Then in July 2021, he announced a reoccurrence of his kidney cancer.

It is with a broken heart, shattered spirit and overwhelming sadness I share my husband Congressman Jim Hagedorn passed away peacefully last night.

Jim loved our country and loved representing the people of southern Minnesota. 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.

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