Rep. Jim Hagedorn talks cancer, re-election in sit-down interview

Rep. Jim Hagedorn talks cancer, re-election in sit-down interview

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) joined KEYC News Now at 6:30 to talk about his cancer diagnosis, re-election campaign, upcoming town hall events and much more.

Rep. Jim Hagedorn reveals his battle with kidney cancer

BLUE EARTH, Minn. (KEYC) - Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) announced Wednesday that he is being treated for cancer. In a news release from Hagedorn's Congressional Office, Hagedorn said that he was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer on February 15, 2019.

Hagedorn announced Wednesday that he was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer in February 2019, exactly two months after marrying his wife.

Since the announcement, lawmakers in Washington D.C. have voiced their support for Hagedorn.

Jim understands the value of hard work. After spending his formative years on his family’s farm, his desire to serve led him to Washington, D.C. where he has been a tireless advocate for his constituents. In just a short time Jim has made his mark by pushing for agriculture and infrastructure priorities, and even passed two pieces of legislation in the House, an impressive feat for a freshman member. What some people may not know, however, is that Jim has done all of this while battling cancer. But thankfully for all of us, Jim has always been a fighter, and he continues to fight for his life and for his community every day. Today, on the one-year anniversary of his diagnosis, I want to thank Jim for his unwavering dedication to the American people, and wish him good health as he continues striving to help move our country forward.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
Jim Hagedorn has been a tireless fighter for Minnesota, and I am inspired by the strength he has shown working hard for his constituents while battling cancer at the same time. Our conference is lucky to have him here in Congress, and I know he will battle the important fights ahead of us with the same intensity as he has battled this disease.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise
Jim Hagedorn is a proven fighter and a strong representative for the people of Southern Minnesota. It is totally in keeping with Jim’s character and track record that he has been working so effectively while battling cancer at the same time. House Republicans are united in our full support for him and his family.
House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim and his family as he continues his successful battle against this horrible disease. I’m amazed at Jim’s ability to persevere while at the same time serving the great people of Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District at the highest level. Thank you to the doctors and staff at the Mayo Clinic for the world class care you’ve given Jim – we are looking forward to the day that he can announce his full recovery. In the meantime, I look forward to working with my colleague to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.
Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-06)

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