Rep. Thomas Massie Mourns The Loss Of Wife, Rhonda Massie | EUROtoday

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rhonda Massie, the spouse of U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, has died, the Kentucky congressman introduced Friday in a shifting social media tribute to his highschool sweetheart and the “love of my life.”

No particulars about the reason for demise or her age had been instantly offered by Massie or his employees.

“Yesterday my high school sweetheart, the love of my life for over 35 years, the loving mother of our 4 children, the smartest kindest woman I ever knew, my beautiful and wise queen forever, Rhonda went to Heaven,” Massie wrote on the social platform X.

His social media posts featured pictures exhibiting the couple and their household. The congressman mentioned the couple hung out with their grandson final week whereas touring Mount Rainier in Washington.

Massie wrote about his spouse’s educational achievements and devotion to her household.

“She was valedictorian at our high school where we went to the Prom together, accepted at MIT and Harvard, earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from MIT, and devoted her life to our family,” he wrote.

The MIT-educated Massie, a libertarian-leaning Republican first elected to Congress in 2012, simply defeated two GOP challengers in Kentucky’s May major. With no Democratic opponent within the fall, Massie’s major victory cleared his strategy to declare one other time period in November. His district stretches throughout northern Kentucky.

His spouse’s demise introduced an outpouring of condolences from Kentucky and past.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., mentioned in a social media put up that he was “deeply saddened” to listen to of Rhonda Massie’s demise. Barr suffered an analogous tragedy 4 years in the past when his spouse, Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, died. She was 39.

“Rhonda’s warmth, kindness, and dedication to her family and community touched everyone who had the privilege of knowing her,” Barr wrote Friday.

Kentucky state Sen. John Schickel mentioned his “heart breaks” for the congressman and the couple’s youngsters.

“Rhonda was a fantastic human being, and her loving marriage with Congressman Massie was among the most beautiful you could imagine,” Schickel mentioned. “They were high school sweethearts and college classmates. It was a true love story.”

The Republican Party of Kentucky mentioned in an announcement that Rhonda Massie was “an amazing mother, wife, and Kentuckian. She touched all who knew her and will be deeply missed.”