Tennessee Republican State Rep. Mike Carter passed away Sunday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 67, according to a statement by his family.
“Mike lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer late last night, surrounded by his family,” the tweet said. “We’ll miss him very much. We appreciate your prayers during this difficult time.”
Mike lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer late last night, surrounded by his family. We’ll miss him very much. We appreciate your prayers during this difficult time.
— Mike Carter (@RepMikeCarter) May 16, 2021
Carter announced his cancer diagnosis in November. He had been hospitalized with COVID-19 in August when doctors discovered the cancer.
An outpouring of tributes have been expressed on social media. Fellow Rep. Dennis Powers tweeted:
I lost a good friend in the Legislature and the Legislature lost a statesman- will be praying for his family- because of our faith, we know we will see him again- he fought the good fight, he finished the race. He will be greatly missed.
— Rep. Dennis Powers (@DennisHPowers) May 16, 2021
Tributes for Carter poured in on social media.
“I will miss Mike Carter who was a leader, friend and brother in Christ,” Gov. Bill Lee said on Twitter.
I will miss Mike Carter who was a leader, friend and brother in Christ. Maria and I pray for the Carter family and we give thanks for his life.
— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) May 16, 2021
House Speaker Cameron Sexton called Carter “an effective and dedicated public servant. His love of service to his community and to Tennessee was surpassed only by his love for God,” according to the Associate Press.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.