Rep. Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota Dies at 59

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
February 18, 2022 Updated: February 19, 2022

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.) has died, his family confirmed on Friday. He was 59.

“It is with a broken heart, shattered spirit and overwhelming sadness I share my husband Congressman Jim Hagedorn passed away peacefully last night,” Hagedorn’s wife, former Minnesota state Republican party chair Jennifer Carnahan, wrote on social media.

She did not say what caused his death.

Hagedorn, who previously authored the blog Mr. Conservative, was elected to the House in 2018. He represented Minnesota’s 1st congressional district.

“Jim loved our country and loved representing the people of southern Minnesota,” Carnahan added. “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.”

Hagedorn was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer in 2019 and received immunotherapy to treat the cancer.

“Today, one year later, I am happy to say I feel great and continue to perform my job in Congress unimpeded,” Hagedorn said in early 2020. “I have not missed even a single vote due to illness.”

But his office announced in December 2020 that he underwent surgery to remove the kidney before he said in July 2021 that the cancer had returned. Last month, Hagedorn said he checked into the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Minnesota after a COVID-19 diagnosis, and he added that he is vaccinated for the virus.

“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,” Carnahan added in her social media post.

Former President Donald Trump issued a statement on Hagedorn’s death, saying he was “a strong and effective legislator for the great people of Southern Minnesota.”

“I campaigned with Jim in 2018, and enjoyed working with him in Congress,” Trump continued. “May he rest in Peace, and his family find comfort during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed!”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wrote that the lawmaker “was a patriot who will be remembered for his strong Christian faith, his deep passion for serving others, and his joyful spirit.”

“Gwen and I are thinking of Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s family and loved ones today,” wrote Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who previously defeated Hagedorn in two House elections in 2014 and 2016, respectively. “May they find peace during this difficult time.”

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.