Springfield News-Sun

Jordan had been serving in statehouse since 2009

- By Monroe Trombly and Anna Staver

Kris Jordan, a Republican who represente­d Delaware County in Ohio’s House of Representa­tives, died Saturday of natural causes. He was 46.

Jordan, of Ostrander, was serving his third consecutiv­e term as state representa­tive for Ohio’s 60th District. He previously spent eight years in the Ohio Senate after serving one term as a state representa­tive.

A lifelong resident of Delaware County, Jordan was elected to his first term as a county commission­er at the age of 25. He went on to win a seat in the statehouse in 2008, according to his biography.

Jordan was an Ohio State University graduate and an active member of the National Rifle Associatio­n, Delaware County Right to Life and the Delaware County Farm Bureau.

Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine ordered flags at the Ohio Statehouse and at public buildings and grounds throughout Delaware County to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of Jordan’s funeral, the date of which had not yet been announced Saturday.

“Fran and I are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Representa­tive Kris Jordan,” Dewine said in a statement. “We extend our sincerest condolence­s to his entire family for this most unexpected loss. Kris will be remembered for his expertise as a legislator and his advocacy for the people of Delaware County.”

As word of his passing spread Saturday, Jordan’s friends and colleagues offered tributes to his memory.

“Kris was a loving father, a man of faith, a leader, and a person I considered a very dear friend,” Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens said in a memo to House members. “My heart goes out to Kris’s family, especially his three children and loving parents, Ralph and Pat. Please keep them and all of his loved ones in your prayers.”

Steve Cuckler, an attorney and former chair of the Delaware County Republican Party, said Jordan was devoted to his county.

“Good man, good family man,” Cuckler told The Dispatch.

State Sen. Andrew Brenner said in a Facebook post that he and Jordan were friends for three decades who routinely gave each other political advice and talked on a regular basis.

“His death is a great loss to our county’s Republican Party, the Ohio Statehouse and the conservati­ve movement,” Brenner said.

Former state Rep. Rick Carfagna said he was stunned to learn about Jordan’s passing.

“We attended Buckeye Boys State together and were staffers together for the late State Rep. Jon Peterson. His heart was always in public service, and I’m grateful for the time we shared together representi­ng Delaware County and coordinati­ng on projects of shared interest.

“My heart aches for his three children, his former wife Melissa, and his parents for losing him way too soon. His governance has been a constant during Delaware County’s growth over the past two decades and we have much to celebrate because of his service.”

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafil­ou called Jordan a fine man and a great public servant for Ohioans.

“Our thoughts are with his colleagues and family during this most difficult time,” Triantafil­ou said.

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