Representative Rory Ellinger (72) passes away, the statehouse reacts.
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Representative Rory Ellinger (72) passes away, the statehouse reacts.

Date: April 9, 2014
By: John Zupon
State Capitol Bureau

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Shock waves were felt throughout the Capitol Wednesday as news spread of Representative Rory Ellinger's passing
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Wrap: Early Wednesday Representative Rory Ellinger passed away.

House Democratic Leader, Representative Jacob Hummel from St. Louis City made the announcement in the chamber and later spoke of how sad the situation is.

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Description: All of the members of the body are mourning across the aisle. And it's something no one wants to deal with, it's part of life, but to lose someone that close to you who you have worked with day in and day out is heart wrenching.

The House has not been the only place commenting on Ellinger passing away.

In the Senate, Democratic Senator Scott Sifton from St. Louis County lost his train of thought and mentioned the passing of Ellinger.

Ellinger was 72 when he lost his battle with lier cancer.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I’m John Zupon.  

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Senators and representatives, democrats and republicans send their condolences for Rory Ellinger who passed away early Wednesday morning.
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Wrap: While talking about medical malpractice, Democratic Senator Scott Sifton from St. Louis County lost his train of thought.

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Description: Unfortunately there are still...umm..there are still. Forgive me I am thinking of Representative Ellinger as I stand here; our House colleague who we lost this morning.

Ellinger was 72 and had been battling liver cancer.

House Democratic Leader Representative Jacob Hummel from St. Louis City says that Ellinger was a well respected man across party lines.

Many other lawmakers offered their condolences online via Twitter or Facebook.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I’m John Zupon.

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St. Louis County Democratic Representative Rory Ellinger, who was 72, passed away Wednesday morning after a short battle with liver cancer.
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Description: Early this morning our friend and colleague Representative Ellinger passed away in St. Louis County. His family is heartbroken as are we.

That was House Democratic Leader Representative Jacob Hummel from St. Louis City Wednesday morning making the announcement that Ellinger had passed away.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have been sending their condolences to the family and talking about how respected he was within the Capitol.

Just last week, Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill into law which Ellinger sponsored.

Reporting from the state Capitol, John Zupon


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