Former Michigan Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell died on Sunday following a battle with cancer, according to a statement from his wife.
The 64-year-old former Congressman served as a long-time Republican, though he became an Independent following the 2020 presidential election.
“He wanted no part of a state funeral but insisted on the Star Spangled Banner upon his passing,” his wife said on Twitter. “His biggest regret was that he never served in the military, he felt that he didn’t fulfill his responsibility for the gift of our freedom.”
“I am immensely proud of him and never more so than when he was the lone voice in a sea of politicians who cared more about power than the true definition of the office.
“Paul stood up for what matters most, it had nothing to do with political ideology and everything to do with keeping our humanity,” she added.
RIP former Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan, a Republican turned independent who died yesterday from cancer. Statement from wife Sherry below, along with photo of the couple, and the former congressman with son Luke. pic.twitter.com/JxWedQL3HP
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 16, 2021
Mitchell announced he had stage four renal cancer in June 2020 according to a radio interview on WWJR.
The Congressman’s departure marks the loss of a long-time American political leader who invested much of his life in governing the people of Michigan and serving his nation.