GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota dies at 59 of kidney cancer

“Jim loved our country and loved representing the people of southern Minnesota,” she said. “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 announced he had a kidney removed along with cancerous tissues surrounding the kidney, the station reported. In July, he announced a reoccurrence of his kidney cancer.

Hagedorn’s father, Tom Hagedorn, also served in Congress, representing a Minnesota district from 1975 to 1983.

The younger Hagedorn served on the Agriculture and Small Business Committees.

Following the news of Hagedorn’s death, lawmakers from both parties offered condolences.

Hagedorn “bravely endured the personal challenge of cancer treatment with dignity and grace while serving our country and his constituents,” Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) said in a statement. “Despite our policy differences on many issues, Jim and I were united in the common goal of achieving greater opportunities for future generations of Minnesotans.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) described Hagedorn as “a fighter for his constituents and a friend to so many, including me.”

“Through his battle against cancer, he showed a level of determination that should inspire us all,” she said on Twitter.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) recalled Hagedorn’s long ties to Congress.

“Starting as a congressional staffer and then becoming a member, Jim focused on supporting and strengthening the agriculture community that is the foundation for his Southern Minnesota community,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Jim lived and breathed the spirit of determined optimism that is embedded in the American way of life all the way till the end.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) tweeted that Hagedorn was “a strong conservative with a great sense of humor who loved this country & worked tirelessly for the people he represented.”

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