Posted at: 10/15/2012 12:09 PM
Iowa State Sen. Pat Ward Dies After Cancer Battle
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Sen. Pat Ward has died after a three-year battle with breast cancer.
Ward's daughter Chelsea Reynolds says the 55-year-old senator died Monday morning at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
Ward is survived by her husband John Ward, 22-year-old son Ethan Reynolds, and her 25-year-old daughter.
Ward was a Republican from Clive who was seeking re-election.
Her death leaves Democrat Desmund Adams on the November ballot.
A special election will be held Dec. 11 between Adams and a Republican nominee.
Gov. Terry Branstad says Ward was a caring and passionate person who had a wonderful career in public service.
She was first elected to the Senate in 2004 and in June won her primary race, advancing to the November general election.
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