Congressman Hagedorn dies at 59 

He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in February 2019, barely a month into his first term in Congress. 

Rep. Jim Hagedorn/U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn passed away Thursday night after a three-year battle with kidney cancer, his wife announced Friday morning.

“It is with a broken heart, shattered spirit and overwhelming sadness I share my husband Congressman Jim Hagedorn passed away peacefully last night,” said Jennifer Carnahan, former chair of the Minnesota GOP.

Hagedorn was elected to represent the First Congressional District in 2018 after prior bids in 2014 and 2016. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in February 2019, barely a month into his first term in Congress.

“Congressman Jim Hagedorn was a patriot who will be remembered for his strong Christian faith, his deep passion for serving others, and his joyful spirit. May God bless his wife Jennifer and their entire family as we lift them up in prayer during this difficult time,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Hagedorn’s Republican colleagues in Congress — Pete Stauber, Michelle Fischbach, and Tom Emmer — released a joint statement on his passing.

“Jim was a dear friend who wanted nothing more than to represent the people of Minnesota’s First District in Congress. He did so every day with an unwavering passion and unshakable joy that brightened the halls of Congress and brought the best of Blue Earth to Washington. Our thoughts are with Jim’s family during this time and we will continue to pray for them. We will miss Jim dearly,” they said.

Leaders from across the political aisle reacted to the news Friday: