Missouri lawmaker's husband dies after battle with COVID

Sara Walsh and husband
Photo credit (Rep. Sara Walsh on Twitter)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri state Rep. Sara Walsh (R-50th) announced on Twitter that her husband Steve Walsh, 63, died Thursday morning after contracting COVID-19.

Walsh, a Republican lawmaker representing Missouri's 50th District in the center of the state, said that both she and her husband had not gotten a vaccine.

Previously, Walsh had said she’d refrained from getting a vaccination against the coronavirus as the vaccine hadn’t gotten full FDA approval yet. She further said she was concerned with risks, though, at the time and currently, research shows the vaccines are safe and are effective in protecting against covid and its varied strains. This week, US health officials have said a 3rd booster shot may be needed for all Americans to shore up their protection.

As reported recently by the Associated Press and other reputable sources, nearly all covid deaths are occurring amongst the unvaccinated.

Walsh represents Missouri's 50th District which includes parts of Boone, Cole, Cooper and Moniteau Counties. She also contracted the virus earlier this month, but didn't need to go to the hospital.

She said in a tweet on Aug. 3, "please pray for my precious husband @Stevewalsh2010. He is very sick and is in the hospital."

Walsh has served in her position since 2017 and is a former coordinator for the Missouri Pharmacy Association.

She is the current Republican Majority Caucus Chair and is campaigning for the 4th congressional district seat currently held by US Rep. Vicky Hartzler. Her husband previously worked as Hartzler’s press secretary.