Colorado Republican House Minority Leader Hugh McKean died Sunday morning at the age of 55.
The Larimer County Coroner’s Officer confirmed the death was due to a heart attack.
“He’s the kind of guy that it didn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, he always knew who you were. He knew who your family was,” state Republican Rep. Colin Larson said.
“He would ask you how you’re doing. Just a bubbly, happy guy,” he added.
The Colorado House Minority Leader #DiedSuddenly today:
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Minority Leader McKean, who was an incredibly kind man, a loving father, and a dedicated public servant.”https://t.co/bWUu8MLMFq
— DiedSuddenly (@DiedSuddenly_) October 30, 2022
“McKean was a longtime resident of Loveland. He was first elected to the state House in 2016 and became its minority leader in 2020,” KKTV reported.
“His abrupt passing was met with an outpouring of grief from members of both parties,” it added.
Hugh McKean was my friend. He was a kind and generous man. We shared many bills together, as well as our birthdays and our membership in the McCaucus. He will be sorely missed. https://t.co/bcNzjrT336
— Barbara McLachlan (@BarbaraforCO) October 30, 2022
“I am devastated to hear of Minority Leader Hugh McKean’s sudden passing. A family man and a true public servant, Minority Leader McKean had a knack for making everyone feel like they were the most important person in the room. Minority Leader McKean cared deeply for his constituents, always had time for a conversation or a laugh, and truly worked every day to build a better future for every Coloradan,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) wrote in a statement.
McKean was running unopposed in his reelection. The Colorado Secretary of State Office said a committee established by the Larimer County Republican Party would fill the vacant seat.
Funeral plans have not yet been made public. McKean leaves behind two adult children.