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List of United States Congress members who died in office (2000–)

The following is a list of U.S. Senators and Representatives who died of natural or accidental causes while serving their terms between 2000 and now. For a list of members of Congress who were killed while in office, see List of United States Congress members killed or wounded in office.

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Contents

2000sEdit

Member
State
(district)
Date of death Age at death (years) Cause Place of death Place of Burial Predecessor Successor Serving since (in the House/Senate) Date of birth Place of birth U.S. Congress
Paul Coverdell     Georgia
(Senator)
July 18, 2000 61 Cerebral hemorrhage[1] Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Arlington Memorial Park, Fulton County, Georgia, U.S. Wyche Fowler, Jr. Zell B. Miller January 3, 1993 January 20, 1939 Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. 106th
(1999–2001)
Herbert H. Bateman     Virginia
(1st district)
September 11, 2000 72 Unspecified natural causes Leesburg, Virginia, U.S. Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, Virginia, U.S. Paul S. Trible, Jr. Jo Ann Davis January 3, 1983 August 7, 1928 Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. 106th
(1999–2001)
Bruce Vento     Minnesota
(4th district)
October 10, 2000 60 Mesothelioma[2] Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S. Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ramsey County, Minnesota, U.S. Joseph Karth Betty McCollum January 3, 1977 October 7, 1940 Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S. 106th
(1999–2001)
Julian C. Dixon     California
(32nd district)
December 8, 2000 66 Heart attack[3] Los Angeles, California, U.S. Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California, U.S. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Diane Watson January 3, 1979 August 8, 1934 Washington, D.C., U.S. 106th
(1999–2001)
Norman Sisisky     Virginia
(4th district)
March 29, 2001 73 Lung cancer[4] Richmond, Virginia, U.S. Beth El Cemetery, Henrico County, Virginia, U.S. Robert Daniel Randy Forbes January 3, 1983 June 9, 1927 Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. 107th
(2001–2003)
Joe Moakley     Massachusetts
(9th district)
May 28, 2001 74 Myelodysplastic syndrome[5] Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, Massachusetts, U.S. Louise Day Hicks Stephen Lynch January 3, 1973 April 27, 1927 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. 107th
(2001–2003)
Floyd Spence     South Carolina
(2nd district)
August 16, 2001 73 Cerebral thrombosis[6] Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. Saint Peters Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lexington, South Carolina, U.S. Albert W. Watson Joe Wilson January 3, 1971 April 9, 1928 Washington, D.C., U.S. 107th
(2001–2003)
Patsy Mink     Hawaii
(2nd district)
September 28, 2002 74 Viral pneumonia following chickenpox[7] Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. Daniel Akaka Ed Case September 22, 1990 (previously served January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1977) December 6, 1927 Maui, Hawaii, U.S. 107th
(2001–2003)
Paul Wellstone     Minnesota
(Senator)
October 25, 2002 58 Plane crash[8] Eveleth, Minnesota, U.S. Lakewood Cemetery, Hennepin County, Minnesota, U.S. Rudy Boschwitz Dean Barkley January 3, 1991 July 21, 1944 Washington, D.C., U.S. 107th
(2001–2003)
Bob Matsui     California
(5th district)
January 1, 2005 63 Myelodysplastic syndrome[9] Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, California John E. Moss Doris Matsui January 3, 1979 September 17, 1941 Sacramento, California, U.S. 108th
(2003–2005)
Charlie Norwood     Georgia
(10th district)
February 13, 2007 65 Liver cancer[10] Augusta, Georgia, U.S. Westover Memorial Park, Augusta, Georgia, U.S. Don Johnson Jr. Paul Broun January 3, 1995 July 27, 1941 Valdosta, Georgia, U.S. 110th
(2007–2009)
Juanita Millender-McDonald     California
(37th district)
April 22, 2007 68 Colon cancer[11] Carson, California, U.S. Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress, California, U.S. Walter R. Tucker III Laura Richardson March 26, 1996 September 7, 1938 Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. 110th
(2007–2009)
Craig L. Thomas     Wyoming
(Senator)
June 4, 2007 74 Leukemia[12] Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. Riverside Cemetery, Cody, Wyoming, U.S. Malcolm Wallop John Barrasso January 3, 1995 (U.S. House tenure April 26, 1989 – January 3, 1995) February 17, 1933 Cody, Wyoming, U.S. 110th
(2007–2009)
Paul Gillmor     Ohio
(5th district)
September 5, 2007 68 Fall down stairs[13] Arlington, Virginia, U.S. Pleasant Union Cemetery, Old Fort, Ohio, U.S. Del Latta Bob Latta January 3, 1989 February 1, 1939 Tiffin, Ohio, U.S. 110th
(2007–2009)
Jo Ann Davis     Virginia
(1st district)
October 6, 2007 57 Breast cancer[14] Gloucester, Virginia, U.S. Bellamy Memorial Cemetery, Bellamy, Virginia, U.S. Herbert H. Bateman Robert J. Wittman January 3, 2001 June 29, 1950 Rowan, North Carolina, U.S. 110th
(2007–2009)
Julia Carson     Indiana
(7th district)
December 15, 2007 69 Lung cancer[15] Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Andrew Jacobs Jr. Andre Carson January 3, 1997 July 8, 1938 Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. 110th
(2007–2009)
Tom Lantos     California
(12th district)
February 11, 2008 80 Esophageal cancer[16] Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C., U.S. William Royer Jackie Speier January 3, 1981 February 1, 1928 Budapest, Hungary 110th
(2007–2009)
Stephanie Tubbs Jones     Ohio
(11th district)
August 20, 2008 58 Cerebral hemorrhage[17] East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Crestwood Cemetery, Bay Village, Ohio, U.S. Louis Stokes Marcia Fudge January 3, 1999 September 10, 1949 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. 110th
(2007–2009)
Ted Kennedy     Massachusetts
(Senator)
August 25, 2009 77 Brain cancer[18] Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, U.S. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S. Benjamin A. Smith II Paul G. Kirk November 7, 1962 February 22, 1932 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. 111th
(2009–2011)

2010sEdit

Member
State
(district)
Date of death Age at death (years) Cause Place of death Place of Burial Predecessor Successor Serving since (in the House/Senate) Date of birth Place of birth U.S. Congress
John Murtha     Pennsylvania
(12th district)
February 8, 2010 77 Infection following gallbladder surgery[19] Arlington, Virginia. U.S. Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S. John P. Saylor Mark Critz February 5, 1974 June 17, 1932 New Martinsville, West Virginia, U.S. 111th
(2009–2011)
Robert Byrd     West Virginia
(Senator)
June 28, 2010 92 Unspecified complications following hospitalization for heat exhaustion[20] Falls Church, Virginia, U.S. Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, U.S. W. Chapman Revercomb Carte Goodwin January 3, 1959 (U.S. House tenure January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1959) November 20, 1917 North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, U.S. 111th
(2009–2011)
Donald M. Payne     New Jersey
(10th district)
March 6, 2012 77 Colon cancer[21] Livingston, New Jersey, U.S. Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, New Jersey, U.S. Peter W. Rodino Donald Payne, Jr. January 3, 1989 July 16, 1934 Newark, New Jersey, U.S. 112th
(2011–2013)
Daniel Inouye     Hawaii
(Senator)
December 17, 2012 88 Respiratory complications during hospitalization[22] Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. Oren E. Long Brian Schatz January 3, 1963 (U.S. House tenure August 21, 1959 – January 3, 1963) September 7, 1924 Honolulu, Hawaii Territory 112th
(2011–2013)
Frank Lautenberg     New Jersey
(Senator)
June 3, 2013 89 Viral pneumonia[23] New York City, New York, U.S. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, U.S. Robert Torricelli Jeffrey Chiesa January 3, 2003 (previously served December 27, 1982 – January 3, 2001) January 23, 1924 Paterson, New Jersey, U.S. 113th
(2013–2015)
Bill Young     Florida
(13th district)
October 18, 2013 82 Multiple Myeloma[24] Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. Bay Pines Cemetery, Bay Pines, Florida, U.S. William C. Cramer David Jolly January 3, 1971 December 16, 1930 Harmarville, Pennsylvania, U.S. 113th
(2013–2015)
Alan Nunnelee     Mississippi
(1st district)
February 6, 2015 56 Brain cancer[25] Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S. Maxcy Cemetery, Belden, Mississippi, U.S. Travis Childers Trent Kelly January 3, 2011 October 9, 1958 Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S. 114th
(2015–2017)
Mark Takai     Hawaii
(1st district)
July 20, 2016 49 Pancreatic cancer[26] Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii Colleen Hanabusa Colleen Hanabusa January 3, 2015 July 1, 1967 Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. 114th
(2015–2017)
Louise Slaughter     New York
(25th district)
March 16, 2018 88 Fall[27] Washington, D.C., U.S. Cremated[28] Fred J. Eckert Joe Morelle January 3, 1987 August 14, 1929 Lynch, Kentucky, U.S. 115th
(2017–2019)
John McCain     Arizona
(Senator)
August 25, 2018 81 Brain cancer[29] Cornville, Arizona, U.S. United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S. Barry Goldwater Jon Kyl January 3, 1987 (U.S. House tenure January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1987) August 29, 1936 Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, U.S. 115th
(2017–2019)
Walter B. Jones Jr.     North Carolina
(3rd district)
February 10, 2019 76 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis[30] Greenville, North Carolina, U.S. Forest Hills Cemetery, Farmville, North Carolina, U.S. Martin Lancaster January 3, 1995 February 10, 1943 Farmville, North Carolina, U.S. 116th
(2019–present)

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sen. Paul Coverdell dies at age 61". ABC News. July 18, 2000.
  2. ^ Stout, David (October 11, 2000). "Bruce Vento, 60, Congressman Who Sought Protection for the Environment". New York Times.
  3. ^ Simon, Richard; Anderson, Nick (December 9, 2000). "Respected lawmaker Julian Dixon dies". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "Norman Sisisky – Congressman, 73". New York Times. March 30, 2001.
  5. ^ Stout, David (May 29, 2001). "Joe Moakley, Congressman from South Boston, dies at 74". New York Times.
  6. ^ http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?s=432010&clienttype=printable
  7. ^ Gootman, Elissa (September 30, 2002). "Patsy Mink, veteran Hawaii Congresswoman, dies at 74". New York Times.
  8. ^ NTSB. "NTSB Press Release". Ntsb.gov. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  9. ^ "Congressman dies of rare disease". CNN.com. 2005-01-03.
  10. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (February 14, 2007). "Charles Norwood; Ga. Congressman Pushed for Patients' Bill of Rights". Washington Post.
  11. ^ Rep. Millender-McDonald Dies of Cancer
  12. ^ "Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas Dies at 74". FOX News. 2007-06-05.
  13. ^ Markon, Jerry & Weisman, Jonathan (2007-09-06). "10-Term Ohio Congressman, 68, Found Dead in His Arlington Home". Washington Post.
  14. ^ Congresswoman dies after cancer battle
  15. ^ Rep. Julia Carson dies of lung cancer
  16. ^ "California Rep. Tom Lantos, 80, Dies, Had Cancer". Fox News. February 11, 2008.
  17. ^ Cleveland Clinic: Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died, WKYC, 2008-08-21
  18. ^ "Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 77". ABC News. August 26, 2009.
  19. ^ Keck, Kristi; Elizabeth Cohen; Sabriya Rice; Rebecca Sinderbrand (February 9, 2010). "Rep. John Murtha dies after surgery complications". CNN.
  20. ^ Holley, Joe (June 2010). "West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92". The Washington Post.
  21. ^ Larotonda, Matthew (March 6, 2012). "Rep. Donald Payne dies from colon cancer". ABC News.
  22. ^ "Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye dies at age 88". The Washington Post.
  23. ^ Staff (June 3, 2013). "Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., Dies at Age 89". CBS News.
  24. ^ "U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young dies at 82". Tampa Bay Times. October 18, 2013.
  25. ^ "Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi congressman, dies at 56". Jackson Clarion-Ledger. February 6, 2015.
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  30. ^ "Eastern Carolina says farewell to Congressman Jones". WITN.com. Retrieved February 15, 2019.