Mike Carter, a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
, died of pancreatic cancer
at the age of 67, according to the Associated Press
was announced on his Twitter
account by family members on Sunday.
“Mike lost his battle with pancreatic cancer late last night, surrounded by his family,” the Twitter post said, adding, “We will miss him very much, and we appreciate your prayers during this difficult time.”
Carter, a Republican
from Ooltewah in eastern Tennessee, announced his cancer diagnosis in November, after being hospitalized with COVID-19
in August and doctors discovering the cancer during a visit to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Routine scan today revealed some encouraging results, indicating that I am responding well to chemotherapy. Thank you to everyone at @VUMChealth, you are the best! #TnLeg #CHA pic.Twitter.com/tR6PLYfRwY— Mike Carter (@RepMikeCarter) January 18, 2021
Carter had been a Hamilton County general sessions judge from 1997 to 2005 and had served in the Tennessee House since 2013.
was flooded with tributes to Carter.
Gov. Bill Lee said on Twitter, "I will miss Mike Carter, who was a leader, friend, and brother in Christ."
House Speaker Cameron Sexton described Carter as a "effective and dedicated public servant, whose love of service to his community and to Tennessee was only surpassed by his love for God."
Funeral preparations were still in progress.