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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 of natural and accidental causes, due to illnesses, and by suicide, while they were serving their terms after 2000. For a list of members of Congress who were murdered while they were in office see List of United States Congress members killed or wounded in office.

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Member Party
Date of death Age at death (years) Cause Place of death Place of burial
Paul Coverdell Republican Georgia
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] Los Angeles, 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
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
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
August 25, 2009 77 Brain cancer[18] Hyannis Port, Massachusetts Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia
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
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
December 17, 2012 88 Respiratory complications during hospitalization[22] Bethesda, Maryland National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii
Frank Lautenberg Democratic New Jersey
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] Honolulu, 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
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
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] Delray Beach, Florida[citation needed] Cremated

See also


  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. ^
  7. ^ Gootman, Elissa (September 30, 2002). "Patsy Mink, veteran Hawaii Congresswoman, dies at 74". New York Times.
  8. ^ NTSB. "NTSB Press Release". Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  9. ^ "Congressman dies of rare disease". 2005-01-03.
  10. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (February 14, 2007). "Charles Norwood; Ga. Congressman Pushed for Patients' Bill of Rights". Washington Post.
  11. ^ PRENGAMAN, PETER (April 23, 2007). "Rep. Millender-McDonald Dies of Cancer" – via
  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. ^ AP, Steve Helber / (October 7, 2007). "Va. Republican dies after breast cancer battle".
  15. ^ file, Tom Strattman / AP (December 15, 2007). "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.
  26. ^ Blair, Chaf (July 20, 2016). "US Rep. Mark Takai of Hawaii Dies". Honolulu Civil Beat. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  27. ^ Lauren Fox; Deirdre Walsh; Sunlen Serfaty. "Trailblazing New York Democrat dies at 88". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  28. ^ "N.Y. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter honored at funeral as pioneer who championed women's rights".
  29. ^ Collinson, Stephen. "John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81". CNN. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  30. ^ "Eastern Carolina says farewell to Congressman Jones". Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  31. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (17 October 2019). "Elijah Cummings, Baltimore congressman and civil rights leader, dies at 68". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  32. ^ Malveaux, Suzanne; Fox, Lauren; Karimi, Faith; Griggs, Brandon (July 18, 2020). "Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dead at 80". CNN.
  33. ^ Foran, Clare; Wilson, Kristin (February 8, 2021). "GOP Rep. Ron Wright dies following Covid diagnosis". CNN. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  34. ^ "Funeral held for North Texas Congressman Ron Wright". KDFW. February 20, 2021. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  35. ^ Man, Anthony (April 6, 2021). "Congressman Alcee Hastings, after career of triumph, calamity and comeback, dies at 84". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
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