Flags flew at half-mast yesterday all over the state of Missouri by order of our Governor Mike Parsons.  They were done so in honor of State Representative Thomas P. Hannegan who passed away from a stroke last Wednesday.  He was 51.

Voters elected Hannegan, of St. Charles, to the state House in 2016. He was one of few openly gay Missouri lawmakers.  In a press release the Governor stated, "We honor and thank Representative Hannegan for his contributions to the people of the 65th district and the entire state of Missouri. He leaves behind a strong legacy of public service and advocacy. Tom worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents, and thanks to legislation he sponsored, more military service members will have greater access to job opportunities across the state. Teresa and I are praying for Tom's family and friends during this difficult time."

Thomas was an advocate for human rights and criminal justice reform and proposed a ban on discrimination of the LGBTQ community. He was also an associate real estate broker.  He was laid to rest on Wednesday.

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