St. Charles legislator dies of stroke. “A champion for equality under the laws”

Today, Tom Hannegan, a state representative, died from a stroke.  Hannegan, a 51 year-old Republican from St. Charles was elected to the House in 2016.  Hannegan served as chairman of the House Local Government Committee and was a member of the Children and Families Committee, as well as the Special Committee on Criminal Justice. Hannegan Real Estate and Construction was his associate broker. He was also Street Scape Magazine’s editor and publisher.

R-Arnold’s Rob Vescovo is the Speaker of the House, while John Wiemann, R.St. Charles, is Speaker Pro Tem. Dean Plocher, R.St. Louis, is Majority Floor Leader.

“Our hearts are deeply saddened by the news of our colleague and beloved friend’s departure today. Representative Hannegan was a strong, conviction-driven person in these chambers. He was also a wonderful person and a dedicated public servant. He will be greatly missed. Tom will be remembered for his unwavering dedication to helping others and his love for all people. We send our deepest condolences to Tom’s many family members and friends. He will be greatly missed.”

House Democrat leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield also sent a statement, saying “Tom was a kind and thoughtful person who cared about others and always put people before politics. His sudden passing is a great loss, but he leaves a legacy as a champion for equality under the law for all Missourians.”

Hannegan, an openly gay legislator, supported the inclusion LGBTQ protections in antidiscrimination laws. He also sought parole relief in the case of long-serving, rehabilitationally ill inmates over 65 who had already served 30 year sentences.  Read bill

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