Congressman Dies Unexpectedly

( – America is mourning the loss of a renowned GOP figurе, as former Republican Representative Chris Cannon from Utah died unexpectedly at the age of 73.

His political career began after hе served as an associate solicitor at the Department of thе Interior from 1984 to 1986.

Hе then went on to represеnt Utah’s 3rd Congressional District from 1997 until 2009.

He entered Congress by defeating incumbent Democrat Bill Orton in 1996 and his congressional tenurе ended when he lost to now-Fox News host Jason Chaffetz in 2008.

During his time in office, Cannon was highly active on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.

He played a key role as one of the House managers during the Senate impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton.

Several Utah officials and former colleagues offered their tributes to Cannon. Chaffetz tweeted his appreciation for Cannon’s patriotic efforts, stating, “I hope we all can thank him for his valiant, patriotic work fighting for the USA.”

In turn, Senator Mike Lee said he was shocked and sad after learning of Cannon’s death.

Cannon’s former Chief of Staff Joe Hunter remembered him on X, sharing, “He couldn’t walk past a homeless person without digging into his pocket. It took forever to get to lunch or dinner on Capitol Hill. And…he was really funny. RIP my friend.”

Cannon’s life was marked by a blend of politics, business and law. He descended from a politically prominent Western family, was a graduate with multiple degrees from Brigham Young University and had a successful business career before his political tenure.

He was part of the team that managed the impeachment proceedings against Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair in 1998, where he famously urged the Senate to prioritize integrity over partisanship.

The Senate ultimately acquitted Clinton, but Cannon’s role in the impeachment highlighted his conservative views that reflected his district’s political leanings.

The American Conservative Union highly regarded his voting record by giving him a lifetime score of 96 out of 100.

Cannon leaves behind his wife, Claudia, seven of his eight children and a legacy of public service and business acumen. His daughter Rachel passed away in 2005.

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