Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.) represented Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 2019 through February 2022, when he died from kidney cancer at age 59. A former member of the House Committee on Small Business and the House Committee on Agriculture, he aligned himself closely with Trump during his congressional campaigns and showed his ongoing loyalty in supporting the former president’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Prior to Hagedorn’s death, the House Committee on Ethics investigated him on multiple occasions for alleged misuse of funds.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Hagedorn joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- On Jan. 13, 2021, Hagedorn voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on the Capitol and the congressional procedure underway, and then fanning the flames once the riot broke out.
- On May 19, 2021, Hagedorn voted against establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol. A month later he also joined all other Republicans except for two—Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)—in voting against establishing the House Select Committee that has gone on to investigate the attack.
The Big Lie
- On December 1, 2020, Hagedorn joined 36 other representatives in sending a letter to then-Attorney General Bill Barr urging the Justice Department to investigate irregularities and accusations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Hagedorn signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
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