Former US Senator Dies At 90
A former United States senator has died at the age of 90, according to reports on The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Former Sen. Jean Carnahan (D-MO) died on Tuesday following a brief illness, according to a statement from her family.
“Mom passed peacefully after a long and rich life,” the statement reads. “She was a fearless trailblazer. She was brilliant, creative, compassionate and dedicated to her family and her fellow Missourians.”
According to Daily Caller, her family did not specify the cause of death but said the former senator died after a brief illness.
Before her death, Carnahan was appointed to replace her husband, former Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan of Missouri, after he died in an October 2000 plane crash alongside his son and aide. She served from Jan. 3, 2001, to Nov. 25, 2002.
The former senator, who became the first woman to represent Missouri in the Senate, was born on Dec. 20, 1993, in Washington, D.C. Her father worked as a plumber, and her mother, a hairdresser. She graduated from George Washington University in 1954 with a Bachelor’s degree in business and public administration.
Carnahan and her husband got married in 1954 and had four children together. She served as the first lady of Missouri after her husband’s election in 1992 and through his two terms. Carnahan was also the author of seven books, including two about the Missouri governor’s mansion and an autobiography that focused on her years as first lady and U.S. senator.
Jean Carnahan was a devoted public servant, the first woman to represent Missouri in the Senate, and someone I’m proud to have called a dear friend.
Today, Jill's and my love is with her children, her grandchildren, and the people of Missouri whom she served in so many ways.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 31, 2024
Following Carnahan’s passing, Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson shared an emotional post on X.
“Teresa and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Jean Carnahan.” the post reads. “A former U.S. Senator and Missouri First Lady, Jean Carnahan will be remembered for her deep, abundant love for the people of the great state. We know Jean’s legacy lives on with her family and with each and every Missourian whose life was touched by her time in public service.”
Teresa and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Jean Carnahan.
A former U.S. Senator and Missouri First Lady, Jean Carnahan will be remembered for her deep, abundant love for the people of this great state.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) January 31, 2024
According to the Associated Press, a private family service will be held in her honor. A public service is also being planned, with details expected to be announced later.
Former U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan was a trailblazer for the people of Missouri, endlessly devoted to her family, and approached everything with a tireless work ethic. I'm sending my thoughts to her family, friends, & the Missourians whom she dedicated much of her life to. https://t.co/s0D7jdQCnA
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) January 31, 2024