West Bend lawmaker, Bob Gannon, dies

MADISON, Wis. - State Rep. Bob Gannon, R-West Bend, passed away last night from natural causes, according to Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke. 

"I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and colleague," Steineke said in a statement. "During his time in the legislature, Bob’s proved to be a committed and effective part of our caucus, and his presence will be greatly missed."

Gannon became known in the legislature for his heated speeches on the state Assembly floor, his willingness to stand up to both Democrats and Republicans and fiery statements about issues like gun laws. He was one of a handful of Republican lawmakers to vote against the state budget last month. Gannon called for citizens to "stand up and fight back" after a shooting at East Towne Mall in 2015.

Steineke offered condolences to Gannon's family, as did other members of the legislature. 

"I’d like to extend my most sincere condolences to Bob’s wife, Kris, and their family," Steineke said.  "I pray for peace and healing for your family during this most difficult time."

“I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Representative Bob Gannon, who was not only a colleague, but a friend," said Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette."There is no doubt that the constituents of the 58th assembly district were served well by Representative Gannon. He brought intense passion and dedication to Madison and we will sorely miss him."
Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, and Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Dianne Hesselbein, D-Middleton, released the following statement:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague, Bob Gannon,” Hintz said. “Bob was a spirited public servant who held strong convictions and believed in what he was doing on behalf of his constituents. On behalf of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, I want to send my thoughts and prayers to his family, loved ones, and staff during this incredibly difficult time.” 

Representative Hesselbein added, “I had the pleasure of working with Bob on the Assembly Committee on State Affairs and always enjoyed our discussions. His presence in the legislature will be missed. His family remains in my thoughts and prayers during this trying time.” 

“Bob Gannon was a principled conservative who was deeply dedicated to his constituents and making sure their voice was heard in Madison. He was a tireless advocate for the Party. I am thankful to have known him over the years and privileged to call him a friend. My prayers are with his family during this difficult time," Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Brad Courtney said.

Gannon was elected to the state Assembly in 2014. He was 58. 


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