Death is the great equalizer in life in that it comes for us all eventually. Unfortunately, a beloved lawmaker has recently met his demise after a valiant battle with cancer.
Former U.S. Congressman Brad Ashford died Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer in February, WOWT-TV reported. The Nebraska Democrat had served in the House of Representatives from 2015 until 2017 and spent 16 years in the Nebraska state legislature.
“We have been so blessed to receive this outpouring of support as we celebrate Brad’s wonderful life,” his family said on social media Wednesday. “Thank you all. We love you.”
The 72-year-old congressman began to have symptoms that caught his attention in February. However, Ashford chalked them up to a previous health condition until doctors gave him the terrible news.
“I didn’t think it was a tumor,” Ashford had said at the time he announced his diagnosis, according to an earlier report from the news outlet. “I had some heart issues impacted by pulmonary hypertension,” Ashford said as he was set to undergo treatment.
His last Facebook message was posted on Easter Sunday. “Happy Easter! This Easter I am grateful for so many things, life, family, excellent healthcare, and the new hope this season brings,” Ashford wrote.
“I hope you all find joy with family and friends and that we continue to care for one another.” Ashford succumbed to the disease just three days after posting that.
Ashford served in one of the state’s three congressional districts until he lost his seat to Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE). He went on to endorse Bacon twice in his bid for Congress.
Party affiliation ceases to matter when a man’s life is over. Regardless of his politics, Ashford was a public servant who did what he could for the people of Nebraska who will mourn his passing along with his family.