Former Rep. Mark Souder dies after battle with cancer

Former Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder died on Monday, according to a statement from his family.

Souder had announced eight months ago that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The family’s statement

“It is with great sadness we share the passing of Mark Souder-Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother. This morning he went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” the family’s statement read.

“Mark was a strong leader and passionate about his faith, family, and his country. We want to thank you for all the kind words, prayers, and support over the past months,” it added.

His career

“A Republican, Souder served the region in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2010, serving eight terms,” the Journal Gazette reported.

“After winning a six-way GOP primary election in 1994, he defeated Democrat Jill Long amid a wave of other Republicans – known as the Class of ’94 – who were elected that year,” it added.

Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) posted his condolences as well.

“Mark was a constant source of support and advice for me during my six years serving northeast Indiana in Congress. I will miss his regular Facebook messages and his stories about his 15 years of serving in the same job,” he wrote.

Souder’s passing marks the end of the career of a long-time public servant who will be missed by family and friends.