ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Republican Rep. Tom Hannegan tragically passed away on Wednesday morning, according to an email his legislative assistant sent to members and staff of the Missouri legislature.
“It is with the deepest regret that I share with you the passing of one of our truest and greatest champions for others, Representative Tom Hannegen (Thomas P. as he affectionately referred to himself),” the announcement read.
Hannegan was born in St. Louis and graduated from Duchesne High School in 1988 before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood College in 1992. Pursuing further education, he then went on to receive a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from Lindenwood University in 1998.
Hannegan had represented House District 65 since 2016 and served on a host of legislative committees. He was chairman of the House Local Government Committee and served on the Special Committee on Criminal Justice and the Children and Families Committee, among others.
“I’m shocked and saddened about the passing of Representative Hannegan,” said Rep. Adam Schwadron, who was close friends with Hannegan. “Tom wasn’t just a colleague, he was a friend. I’m thankful that I got to know Tom before we served together. I’m grateful that I was able to watch him fight on the floor for what he believed in and his tenacity in doing it. He was an advocate for many people in the state. The people of Saint Charles and the state of Missouri lost a great man today.”
In addition to his legislative duties, Hannegan was an Associate-Broker with his family business Hannegan Real Estate & Construction, LLC, and served as publisher and editor-in-chief of StreetScape Magazine.
Statement from House Leadership on Hannegan’s passing:
“Our hearts are deeply saddened by the news of out colleague and beloved friend’s departure today,” the statement read. “Representative Hannegan was a strong person of conviction in these chambers, a truly wonderful person and a dedicated public servant who will be greatly missed. Tom will forever be remembered for his determination to serve those in need, as well as his great love for all people. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the many friends and family who loved Tom. He will be greatly missed.”