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

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The following is a list of United States senators and representatives who died while they were serving their terms after 2000.

2000s

Member Party
State
(district)
Date of death Age at death (years) Cause Place of death Place of burial
Paul Coverdell   Republican Georgia
(Senator)
July 18, 2000 61 Cerebral hemorrhage[1] Atlanta, Georgia Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, Georgia
Herbert H. Bateman   Republican Virginia
(1st district)
September 11, 2000 72 Unspecified natural causes Leesburg, Virginia Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, Virginia
Bruce Vento   Democratic Minnesota
(4th district)
October 10, 2000 60 Mesothelioma[2] Saint Paul, Minnesota Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ramsey County, Minnesota
Julian C. Dixon   Democratic California
(32nd district)
December 8, 2000 66 Heart attack[3] Marina del Rey, California Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California
Norman Sisisky   Democratic Virginia
(4th district)
March 29, 2001 73 Lung cancer[4] Richmond, Virginia Beth El Cemetery, Henrico County, Virginia
Joe Moakley   Democratic Massachusetts
(9th district)
May 28, 2001 74 Myelodysplastic syndrome[5] Bethesda, Maryland Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, Massachusetts
Floyd Spence   Republican South Carolina
(2nd district)
August 16, 2001 73 Cerebral thrombosis[6] Columbia, South Carolina Saint Peters Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lexington, South Carolina
Patsy Mink   Democratic Hawaii
(2nd district)
September 28, 2002 74 Viral pneumonia following chickenpox[7] Honolulu, Hawaii National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii
Paul Wellstone   Democratic Minnesota
(Senator)
October 25, 2002 58 Plane crash[8] Eveleth, Minnesota Lakewood Cemetery, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Bob Matsui   Democratic California
(5th district)
January 1, 2005 63 Myelodysplastic syndrome[9] Bethesda, Maryland East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, California
Charlie Norwood   Republican Georgia
(10th district)
February 13, 2007 65 Liver cancer[10] Augusta, Georgia Westover Memorial Park, Augusta, Georgia
Juanita Millender-McDonald   Democratic California
(37th district)
April 22, 2007 68 Colon cancer[11] Carson, California Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress, California
Craig L. Thomas   Republican Wyoming
(Senator)
June 4, 2007 74 Leukemia[12] Bethesda, Maryland Riverside Cemetery, Cody, Wyoming
Paul Gillmor   Republican Ohio
(5th district)
September 5, 2007 68 Fall down stairs[13] Arlington, Virginia Pleasant Union Cemetery, Old Fort, Ohio
Jo Ann Davis   Republican Virginia
(1st district)
October 6, 2007 57 Breast cancer[14] Gloucester, Virginia Bellamy Memorial Cemetery, Bellamy, Virginia
Julia Carson   Democratic Indiana
(7th district)
December 15, 2007 69 Lung cancer[15] Indianapolis, Indiana Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana
Tom Lantos   Democratic California
(12th district)
February 11, 2008 80 Esophageal cancer[16] Bethesda, Maryland Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Tubbs Jones   Democratic Ohio
(11th district)
August 20, 2008 58 Cerebral hemorrhage[17] East Cleveland, Ohio Cremated
Ted Kennedy   Democratic Massachusetts
(Senator)
August 25, 2009 77 Brain cancer[18] Hyannis Port, Massachusetts Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia

2010s

Member Party
State
(district)
Date of death Age at death (years) Cause Place of death Place of burial
John Murtha   Democratic Pennsylvania
(12th district)
February 8, 2010 77 Infection following gallbladder surgery[19] Arlington, Virginia Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Robert Byrd   Democratic West Virginia
(Senator)
June 28, 2010 92 Unspecified complications following hospitalization for heat exhaustion[20] Falls Church, Virginia Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Donald M. Payne   Democratic New Jersey
(10th district)
March 6, 2012 77 Colon cancer[21] Livingston, New Jersey Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, New Jersey
Daniel Inouye   Democratic Hawaii
(Senator)
December 17, 2012 88 Respiratory complications during hospitalization[22] Bethesda, Maryland National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii
Frank Lautenberg   Democratic New Jersey
(Senator)
June 3, 2013 89 Viral pneumonia[23] New York City, New York Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Bill Young   Republican Florida
(13th district)
October 18, 2013 82 Multiple myeloma[24] Bethesda, Maryland Bay Pines Cemetery, Bay Pines, Florida
Alan Nunnelee   Republican Mississippi
(1st district)
February 6, 2015 56 Brain cancer[25] Tupelo, Mississippi Maxcy Cemetery, Belden, Mississippi
Mark Takai   Democratic Hawaii
(1st district)
July 20, 2016 49 Pancreatic cancer[26] Aiea, Hawaii National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii
Louise Slaughter   Democratic New York
(25th district)
March 16, 2018 88 Fall[27] Washington, D.C. Cremated[28]
John McCain   Republican Arizona
(Senator)
August 25, 2018 81 Brain cancer[29] Cornville, Arizona United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland
Walter B. Jones Jr.   Republican North Carolina
(3rd district)
February 10, 2019 76 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis[30] Greenville, North Carolina Forest Hills Cemetery, Farmville, North Carolina
Elijah Cummings   Democratic Maryland
(7th district)
October 17, 2019 68 "Complications concerning long-standing health challenges"[31] Baltimore, Maryland Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland

2020s

Member Party
State
(district)
Date of death Age at death (years) Cause Place of death Place of burial
John Lewis   Democratic Georgia
(5th district)
July 17, 2020 80 Pancreatic cancer[32] Atlanta, Georgia South-View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
Ron Wright   Republican Texas
(6th district)
February 7, 2021 67 COVID-19[33] Dallas, Texas Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas[34]
Alcee Hastings   Democratic Florida
(20th district)
April 6, 2021 84 Pancreatic cancer[35] Undisclosed Cremated[36]
Jim Hagedorn   Republican Minnesota
(1st district)
February 17, 2022 59 Kidney cancer[37] Rochester, Minnesota[38] Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth, Minnesota[39]
Don Young   Republican Alaska
(at-large)
March 18, 2022 88 Unknown[40] SeaTac, Washington[41] Cremated[42]
Jackie Walorski   Republican Indiana
(2nd district)
August 3, 2022 58 Traffic collision[43] near Nappanee, Indiana TBD

See also

References

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