Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Jason Stephens confirmed in a memo Saturday afternoon that Kris Jordan, the state representative for District 60, had died at age 46.
Stephens said that Jordan was a loving dad to three kids, a man of faith, a leader, and a friend. Before becoming a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Jordan was the senator for the 2nd district for eight years. He had been in the house for three terms when he died.
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Jordan, from Delaware County, was elected to his first term as Delaware County Commissioner when he was 25 years old. He held that job for six years before he was elected as a state representative. Stephens wrote –
“It is with deep sorrow that I inform everyone of the passing of one of our own, Representative Kris Jordan. Kris was a loving father, a man of faith, a leader, and a person I considered a very dear friend. Kris was a lifelong resident of Delaware County and devoted his life to his community, friends, and neighbors. My heart goes out to Kris’s family, especially his three children and loving parents, Ralph and Pat.”
On Facebook, the Delaware County Republican Party put out the following statement –
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our beloved friend and public servant Kris Jordan. Kris had lived a life of public service. I ask that you all keep his family in your prayers today and please be respectful of their privacy as they mourn together. We will keep you all aware of arrangements as details come forth. Eternal rest unto him, and may the perpetual light of our God shine brightly upon him.”
Andrew Brenner, a state senator, wrote on Facebook about his time with Jordan. Brenner wrote –
“Kris has been a friend of mine since the early 90s. Together we created the first Teenage Republican Club in Delaware County, and he was the first president.”
“Through the years, we have given one another political advice, been friends, and always talked on a regular basis. He truly cared about the cause of liberty and promoted small government policies as a county commissioner, State Senator and State Representative.”
“His death is a great loss to our county’s Republican Party, the Ohio Statehouse and the conservative movement. My wife, Sara Marie, and I extend our sincere condolences to his parents – whom I have known for almost 30 years, his three children, and his ex-wife. We will be keeping them all in our prayers, and we encourage everyone to support them during this difficult time.”
Also, Governor Mike DeWine made a statement –
“Fran and I are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Representative Kris Jordan.”
“We extend our sincerest condolences to his entire family for this most unexpected loss. Kris will be remembered for his expertise as a legislator and his advocacy for the people of Delaware County.”
After Jordan died, DeWine ordered that the American and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff at the Ohio Statehouse and all public buildings and grounds in Delaware County until sundown on the day of his funeral. At this point, we don’t know what caused his death.