WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Capitol Hill is mourning the loss of former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC).
Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. makes a statement during a live televised debate with Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis at UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)
Hagan served one-term in the U.S. Senate from 2009-2015. Hagan died at her Greensboro home on Monday, following a long battle with a tick-borne disease.
Hagan became the first woman to win election to the Senate over a female incumbent when she upset Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) in North Carolina's 2008 senate race. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) would reclaim the seat for Republicans in the 2014 race.
Votes in favor of the Affordable Care Act and expanding background checks may have cost Hagan re-election in politically purple North Carolina. Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) who served with Hagan in North Carolina's legislature and the U.S. Capitol said Hagan had political courage. “Compromise is a part of this process as well," she added, "so she was willing to compromise, but never compromise her principles, and I think that was one of the admirable things about her.”
Rep. Adams' full interview can be seen in the video tab above. As can, Rep. G.K. Butterfield's, who spoke with Gray DC Tuesday afternoon.
Monday, fond remembrances of Hagan came from both sides of the aisle.
“Brooke and I are deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely loss of Kay Hagan," Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) wrote in a statement, "Kay dedicated much of her life to serving North Carolina, and she will be remembered for her tireless work on behalf of the home and the people she loved."
Burr recalled working across the aisle with her, and her desire to make the world a better place. "She tackled everything she did with a passion and a sense of humor that will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family,” he wrote.
“Susan and I are absolutely heartbroken by Senator Kay Hagan’s sudden passing and we extend our condolences and prayers to her loving family and many friends," wrote Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) the man who unseated her in 2014. "We join all North Carolinians in remembering her dedicated and distinguished record of public service to our state and nation.”
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