An Iowa State Senator, Pat Ward, has lost her three-year battle with breast cancer.
Ward's daughter, Chelsea Reynolds, says the 55-year-old senator died Monday morning at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
Ward is survived by her husband John Ward, 22-year-old son Ethan Reynolds, and her 25-year-old daughter.
Ward was a Republican from Clive who was seeking re-election.
Gov. Terry Branstad says Ward was a caring and passionate person who had a wonderful career in public service.
She was first elected to the Senate in 2004 and in June won her primary race, advancing to the general election in November.