Colorado Republicans were left shocked this week when a leading member of their party passed away.
According to the Washington Examiner, House Minority Leader Hugh McKean died unexpectedly at his home early on Sunday morning.
Cause of death not revealed
The 55-year-old McKean was in the process of running for a fourth term as minority leader. His cause of death has yet to be released.
Colorado House Republicans put out a statement that said McKean “was fiercely passionate about two things in his extraordinary life: serving the great state of Colorado and spending time with his family, whom he adored.”
— Blair Miller (@blairmiller) October 30, 2022
“Public service wasn’t a 9-5 job for Hugh; he lived life believing good enough would never be enough for those who live with the consequences of government,” it continued.
The statement went on to recall how McKean “began his public service in 2009 when he was elected to the Loveland City Council.”
From there, McKean went on to be elected to the state legislature in 2016 and then became leader of his party’s caucus in 2020.
“A man who loved others”
The statement praised McKean for taking the caucus to “both legislative and electoral success during a transformative period in the body’s recent history.
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of House Minority Leader Hugh McKean. Hugh was fiercely passionate about serving the great state of Colorado and will be missed dearly. Funeral services are being planned and details will be made public once finalized. pic.twitter.com/Yw7ARMTnJv
— Colorado House Republicans (@COHouseGOP) October 30, 2022
Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown also issued a statement regarding McKean’s passing, calling him “a friend, a Republican leader, and a good man who worked for a better life for families across Colorado.”
“Whenever I saw him or spoke to him, he had an encouraging word and was ready to lift others up,” Brown recalled, stressing that he was “a man who loved others and was happy to invest in them.”