Former Sen. Rod Grams (R-Minn.) died late Tuesday night, family friend and spokesman Kent Kaiser announced Wednesday morning.
Grams spent eight years in Congress, two as a representative and six as a senator. In 2000, he lost a Senate reelection bid to Democrat Mark Dayton.
In a September interview following his move into hospice, Grams cited a $500 per-child tax credit that remains on the books today as his proudest legislative accomplishment.
Grams made a comeback attempt in 2006 by challenging Democrat Jim Oberstar in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, but he was defeated.
Bracketing Grams’s political career was a lengthy broadcasting career. He spent nearly a decade as senior news anchor for a Minneapolis-St. Paul TV station before running for Congress, and after leaving office, he bought three radio stations in Little Falls, Minn., where he regularly co-hosted a program.
Grams took comfort in his Lutheran faith as his life came to a close.
“When I look back now at the hills I had to climb and didn’t know it, somebody carried me up those hills,” Grams said in September. “I’ve always said I’ve had just a blessed life.”