DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC)- Iowa State Senator Dr. Joe Seng has died after fighting cancer.
Seng was a long-time veterinarian. He also had served as an alderman for the city of Davenport. He was elected to the Iowa State Senate four times starting back in 2002.
Seng announced in 2014 that he was suffering from a brain tumor, but returned to serve in the state senate representing Scott County.
Colleagues in the state senate released the following statements.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal:
“When physicians determined in September 2014 that Senator Joe Seng needed surgery and follow-up treatment for a brain tumor, Joe declared that he would be back for the first day of the 2015 legislative session. All of us who served with him the Legislature – as well as many of his constituents – knew that Joe would keep his promise because he was tough as nails.”
“Joe Seng lived his Catholic faith through his words and his actions. That included running a veterinary practice that served families from all walks of life, operating restaurants and other businesses, and helping a variety of agencies and charities that served low-income families.”
“He was a friend, a colleague and a good person.”
Senate President Pam Jochum:
“It was an honor to serve with Joe Seng in the House and Senate. He was a solid legislator. He’s going to be missed by all of us.”
“Joe served the people of Scott County with all his heart and soul for many years. He cared deeply about the families and neighborhoods in his district. He showed that love at his veterinary practice, where he made many friends for life and touched the hearts of thousands of families.”
“Finally, we all owe a debt of gratitude to his wife Mary, who was by his side every step of this journey. She will always be a member of the Iowa Senate family.”