Colorado House Rep. Kimmi Clark Lewis died Friday after battling cancer for the third time, her family said.
Lewis, R-Kim, represented House District 64, which encompasses Baca, Bent, Crowley, Elbert, Kiowa, Las Animas, Lincoln, Prowers and Washington counties in southeastern Colorado. She was first elected in November 2016.
“With heavy hearts, we share that Kimmi Clark Lewis entered God’s Kingdom this morning following her third and valiant battle with cancer,” her family wrote in a statement. “She was at home on her ranch surrounded by family and loved ones. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”
Lewis was daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, rancher, business owner, advocate, devout follower of Christ and proud representative of her rural district, family members said.
“But the common threads throughout her time on earth were her strong ties to the land she was born and raised on and her unwavering principles,” the statement said.
Lewis, a former rancher, was a member of R-CALIF USA and considered a cattle industry leader.
“Our U.S. cattle industry suffered a great loss today upon the passing of a true cattle industry champion, Kimmi Lewis, from Kim, Colorado,” R-CALIF USA said in a news release.
The Las Animas County Republicans called Lewis a “true champion in the fight for rural Colorado.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.