Representative Jim Hagedorn, a second-term Minnesota Republican, staunch ally of former President Donald J. Trump and who has joined with other members of his party to seek to overturn the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr., died Thursday. He’s 59 years old.
His wife, Jennifer Carnahan Hagedorn, former chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, announced the death On Facebook. She did not specify the cause or say where he died. He has long been public about his three-year battle with cancer and announced in January that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
Mr Hagedorn was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer in 2019, shortly after he was sworn in as a member of the House of Commons for his first term. He underwent immunotherapy at the Mayo Clinic, and doctors removed the affected kidney in December 2020. At the time, he said 99% of the cancer was gone, but grandfather announced in July that it’s back.
Mr Hagedorn has run for the House of Commons three times without success, in 2010, 2014 and 2016, when he lost to an incumbent, Democrat Tim Walz. In 2018, after Mr. Walz left to run for governor successfully, Mr. Hagedorn narrowly won the seat in the race against Democrat Dan Feehan.
In his rematch with Mr Feehan in 2020, Mr Hagedorn won by a slight margin, despite his health problems and is raising funds in anticipation of a November re-election campaign .
“He will forever be known as a conservative by common sense, an advocate of fair taxation, American energy independence, peace through foreign policy, strength and a way of life. values of southern Minnesota,” his campaign said in a statement.
During his short term in office, Republicans were in a minority in the House of Representatives. During that time, Mr Hagedorn has remained a staunch conservative, working on behalf of small businesses and rural entrepreneurs, and an ally of Mr Trump, who won Mr Hagedorn’s district in 2015. 2016 with 15 percentage points.
“I have said many times since 2016 that of course I support Donald Trump,” Hagedorn told The Star Tribune in Minnesota in 2019, “because I feel as if if he lost, we would have lose the country”.
In December 2020, Mr. Hagedorn was one of 126 Republican membersHouse people have filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn Biden’s election for president, a summary based on falsified and disproved allegations of popular voter fraud. variable. Court refuse the suitwhich sought to announce election results in four battleground states.
“There is no conservative in our state stronger than my husband,” his wife wrote in her statement, “and it shows how he voted, led and fought for our country. I.”
James Lee Hagedorn was born on August 4, 1962 in Blue Earth, Minn., near the Iowa border. His father, Tom Hagedorn, was a member of the United States House of Representatives and represented some of the southern Minnesota territories like his son later. His mother, Kathleen (Mittlestadt) Hagedorn, is a homemaker.
Jim was raised on the family farm near Truman, Minn., and in McLean, Va., while his father served in Congress, from 1975 to 1983.
He graduated from George Mason University in Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in government and political science in 1993. As a student, he worked as a legislative assistant for the Mission. Arlan Stangeland, another Minnesota Republican. He then served as congressional liaison at the Treasury Department and as congressional officer for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing until 2009.
In the early 2000s, Mr. Hagedorn wrote a blog called “Mr. Careful, ” Deleted. His posts are aimed at Native Americans, gay men, and women, among others.
In 2005, when President George W. Bush nominated a woman, White House adviser Harriet Miers, to the Supreme Court (she eventually withdrew), Mr. Hagedorn describe her nomination as an attempt to “fill the bra of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.”
The blog posts resurfaced during Mr. Hagedorn’s unsuccessful bid for the House of Commons in 2014; he told The Star Tribune that they were old and satirical in nature. They resurfaced in 2018, when he won the seat mainly by declaring allegiance to Mr. Trump.
Full information about his survivors is not available.
“The American people deserve complete transparency about the financial affairs of this nation, and this resolution will serve as a powerful reminder to legislators as they vote on this matter,” he said. proposals that could make our country more indebted.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/18/us/politics/jim-hagedorn-dead.html Jim Hagedorn, a Trump ally in the house, dies aged 59