Rep. Cloria Brown dies after hard-fought battle with cancer

Cloria Brown

Cloria Brown

Rep. Cloria Brown died Sunday night after a long battle with cancer.

Brown, R-Lemay, is survived by her husband, Frank, her daughter Cathy and granddaughter Ally. Funeral arrangements are pending.

The longtime legislator was on her second consecutive term representing the 94th District in the Missouri House of Representatives, which spans south county from Oakville to Concord Village. She had served on and off as legislator for the district since 2008, often trading the seat with former Rep. Vicki Lorenz Englund.

Although Brown was on medical leave this legislative session, she managed to get Gov. Eric Greitens and the Legislature to agree on a bill for the first time this year when they passed her legislation requiring posters with a sex-trafficking hotline number to be posted in certain businesses.

Brown was a staunch Republican, but she often worked with legislators across the aisle, especially on issues in south county.

Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Crestwood, posted to Facebook, “Mourning the loss of Representative Cloria Brown. Grateful for her friendship and service.”

Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., D-St. Louis, tweeted, “She was a fighter. Much love to her for her fight on human trafficking as well as respect she got from both sides of the aisle. Her husband Frank and I have been friends since I was 21. Keep their family in your prayers and lifted.”

The bills Brown pushed in her latest two terms included the sex-trafficking bill and a bill that would ban the use of cell phones and texting while driving.

Overall, Brown was “one of the hardest-working, wisest and most respected people” in the Legislature, tweeted Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin.

“No one took their job more seriously than Cloria,” Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said in a statement.

Brown left a lasting legacy due to her work on human trafficking, said Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City.

“She worked tirelessly to help women, children and the most vulnerable,” Kehoe said.

Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, tweeted, “Praying for God’s supernatural peace and love for our dear friend @CloriaBrown’s family in this painful time. She was a genuine lady of grit and grace who made a positive impact in her district and our state. It was an honor to call her a friend. She will be greatly missed.”

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