Carnahan took her seat in the Senate in a unique and tragic scenario — her husband, former Gov. Mel Carnahan, was elected to the Senate posthumously after being killed in a plane crash weeks before the election. His wife was appointed in his stead and held the position for nearly two years until being ousted in a special election, losing by a narrow margin.
Her death was announced in a statement from her family.
“Mom passed peacefully after a long and rich life. She was a fearless trailblazer. She was brilliant, creative, compassionate and dedicated to her family and her fellow Missourians,” they said.
Jean Carnahan, a Democrat, never