Minnesota State Republican Sen. Jerry Relph has Expired Because of complications in COVID-19.
The 76-year-old started serving in the Minnesota Senate in 2017 and represented that the 14th district which includes St. Cloud.
His wife confirmed the information of his departure in a statement printed on the Minnesota Senate Republicans Caucus’ site Friday night.
“I am pleased to discuss my husband, Jerry Relph, has passed out and entered his celestial home. He had been a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, a lawyer, small businessman, and committed public servant at the Minnesota Senate,” Pegi Broker-Relph composed.
“Jerry committed his life to support and representing Senate District 14 was among the greatest honors he had. I can not count the number of occasions he’d come home at night and tell me about assisting resolve a constituent’s problem, or even a story he heard from somebody in a parade or a public event, or perhaps just someone he met through a day on the mountain’ event. Jerry loved diving to the problems, locating compromise, and working together to address issues and I don’t have any doubt he’d have lasted solving problems away from the legislature,” she added.
She gave thanks to her late husband’s coworkers” for the connections and awareness of family that you provided for us over the past four decades.”
On social networking, various state agents expressed their despair over the information.
Majority Leader Paul Gazelka composed on Twitter: “Senator Jerry Relph was a genuine friend and colleague adored by a lot of. For four decades, he rolled his sleeves up and tackled tough problems for our nation. He was already considering ways to affect his network after narrowly losing his re-election. We’re profoundly saddened by his departure and offer our support and prayers to the Relph family”
Minnesota State Representative Laurie Halverson also responded to the information on Twitter. I’ll remember him as a kind person and a devoted public servant. My deepest sympathy to his loved ones.”
Gov. Tim Walz stated in a tweet: “Bad news. Gwen and I are maintaining his family in our prayers.”
Relph contracted the virus in a Republican Caucus meeting on Nov. 5, in which additional senators were infected, KSTP reported. He started quarantining on Nov. 10 and began viewing symptoms three days afterward. It’s uncertain when his condition started to worsen.