ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Legislature is mourning the passing of one of their own.
Rep. Cloria Brown, after battling cancer, passed away Sunday evening.
The Republican state representative from St. Louis County has served terms in the House since 2011, though not consecutively.
Earlier in the legislative session of 2018, Brown shared that she would not be seeking re-election, due to her fight.
Legislators and staffers shared their sentiments, saying Brown will be remembered for her staunch and passionate work for her constituents, her dedication in the fight against sex trafficking and to improving the lives of children, her commitment to serving her community, but perhaps the quality she will be most missed for is her heart.
“One of the toughest parts of this job is hearing one of our colleagues has been taken from us all too soon. I would like to offer my condolences to Rep. Cloria Brown’s family. No one took their job more seriously than Cloria. If there was a community event, she was there to offer a helping hand. We will always remember her kind presence and the dedication she had towards her job as a representative and her community.”
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, District 32
“Cloria leaves a lasting legacy. She worked tirelessly to help women, children and the most vulnerable. Her efforts were the driving force behind the passage of House Bill 1246, which combats human trafficking. She will be missed.”
Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, District 6
Cloria Brown was easily the kindest person I knew in Missouri politics. Her dedication to public service was second to none. It was an honor to call her a friend. Rest In Peace, Cloria.
— Josh Foster (@SoCoGOP) March 19, 2018
— Phil Christofanelli (@phlchristo) March 19, 2018
Ruth and I are thinking of Representative Cloria Brown this morning and praying for her family during this time of loss. Cloria was kind and thoughtful both on the house floor and back home. She will be dearly missed. @CloriaBrown #moleg
— Rep. Paul Curtman (@paulcurtman) March 19, 2018
Cloria Brown, a truly kind and compassionate person has passed and now is in the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ. She will be missed but will never be forgotten.
— Jim Murphy for Missouri’s 94th House District (@jmmurphy8) March 19, 2018
“My thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Brown’s family and friends during this tough time. I enjoyed knowing her, and I will always remember the outstanding job she did serving our district. Our state lost a good public servant, and she will be missed.” – Ron Rammaha
— CarterBallmann (@CarterBallmann) March 19, 2018
A loss for all of Missouri. Cloria Brown was a wonderful public servant and even better person. We’ll all miss her greatly. https://t.co/erDpnMkfJb
— Wes Sutton (@wesleytsutton) March 19, 2018
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.