Jean Rounds, the senator’s wife. Mike roundsMike Rounds Senate GOP Notes They Will Help Rescue Fed Chairman From Biden The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Facebook – After Big Drama, Senate Raises Debt Limit Schumer Frustrates Republican Party, Manchin With Fierce Speech over the debt ceiling MORE (RS.D.), died Tuesday morning of sarcoma cancer at the age of 65.
Rounds announced the death of his wife in a statement Tuesday afternoon. Her office said she died at her Fort Pierre home while surrounded by loved ones.
“The love of my life is with the Lord. No more treatments. No more pain. Just peace. South Dakota knew her as First Lady. We knew her as a wife, daughter, mother, and grandmother. She was everything to us, ”Rounds, who served two terms as governor of South Dakota, wrote in a statement.
“The prayers and support we received during this battle were powerful and made a difference. We ask for your continued prayer as we remember his life and cry together as a family, “he added.
The love of my life is with the Lord. No more treatments. No more pain. Just peace. South Dakota knew her as First Lady. We knew her as a wife, daughter, mother, and grandmother. She was everything to us. pic.twitter.com/XbeXFbIj64
– Senator Mike Rounds (@SenatorRounds) November 2, 2021
Jean Rounds was diagnosed with a high-grade, aggressive, malignant tumor near her sciatic nerve, commonly known as a sarcoma, in May 2019, according to a column she wrote in February 2020. He wrote that he reached the end of his treatment that month, which included six rounds of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy.
In September 2020, however, the senator’s office released an update, revealing that doctors discovered a malignancy at the same site as her sarcoma during a scheduled checkup.
Jean Rounds was born on October 4, 1956, with the surname Vedvei, according to the Argus Leader. He reportedly grew up on a farm in Lake Preston before enrolling at South Dakota State University, where he met the future senator.
The couple married in 1978 and eventually had four children together, Argus Leader reported. Jean Rounds worked in the Pierre government in the Office of State Planning and the Department of Transportation.
Senators on both sides of the aisle expressed their condolences on Jean’s passing, including the Democratic senator. Joe manchinJoe Manchin On The Money – Presented by Citi – Progressives ignore Manchin warning Cori Bush criticizes Manchin for opposition to spending bill: ‘Anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman and anti-Immigrant’ Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by The American Petroleum Institute – Glasgow Summit begins MORE (W.Va.), who said he and his wife Gayle “became great friends” with the Rounds couple.
He said Jean was “a pleasure to be around and we will miss his friendship.”
Gayle and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jean Rounds. When Mike and I served together as Governors, the 4 of us became great friends. Jean was a pleasure to be around and we will miss her friendship.
– Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 2, 2021
Its. Maggie hassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanPoll: New Hampshire Senate Race is Tight Progressives Reject Decision to Cut Biden’s Paid Family Leave Program Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races MORE (DN.H.) said she was “devastated” to learn of the death, and Its. Thom tillisThomas (Thom) Roland Tillis Photos of the Week: Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, California Floods, and Tiger Cubs Dog Trick or Treat: Legislators Host Annual Halloween Puppy Party After 35 Years, Congress Should finally end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine MORE (RN.C.) said he was “heartbroken” to hear the news, adding that he and his wife “extend our deepest condolences to Mike and his family during this difficult time.”
I am devastated to learn that Senator Rounds’ beloved wife, Jean, passed away after a difficult battle with cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this time.
– Mon. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) November 2, 2021
Heartbroken to hear about the passing of @SenatorRounds‘beloved wife Jean. Susan and I express our deepest condolences to Mike and his family during this difficult time.
– Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) November 2, 2021