Former U.S. Representative Michael Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania Dies at 56 After Battle With Melanoma

FILE – In this April 29, 2013, file photo, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., speaks during a news conference at the at the Garden of Reflection memorial to local victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in Yardley, Pa. Fitzpatrick, a former congressman from suburban Philadelphia who served four terms in the U.S. House before handing off the seat to his brother, died Monday morning, Jan. 6, 2020, after a long battle with melanoma, his family said. He was 56. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Michael Fitzpatrick, a former congressman from suburban Philadelphia who served four terms in the House before handing off the seat to his brother, died Monday after a long battle with melanoma. He was 56.

“Michael Fitzpatrick passed away peacefully this morning, surrounded by family, after a long and arduous battle with melanoma,” Fitzpatrick’s family said in a statement released by county Republican Party officials.

Fitzpatrick, who also served as a Bucks County commissioner, worked during his time in Congress to establish the Washington Crossing National Cemetery. He decided against running for a fifth term in 2016. His brother, Brian, a former FBI agent, ran instead and won, and continues to hold the seat.

Fitzpatrick, of Levittown, is survived by his wife and six children.

In a statement, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said Fitzpatrick served the state and country with “great integrity, competence, and dignity.”

Former Gov. Mark Schweiker called Fitzpatrick a fine public servant who “worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those he served.”

SOURCE: The Associated Press