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The Legacy of Former Sen. Kay Hagan

Hagan sitting with three uniformed military service members.
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matt Davis

Former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan died unexpectedly at her home in Greensboro Monday after suffering from a prolonged illness.

The former bank executive moved her way up in North Carolina politics, from a budget writer in Raleigh to a U.S. Senator in Washington D.C. Hagan was a Democrat who beat incumbent Elizabeth Dole in 2008 to serve one term in Congress. She lost her re-election bid to then-North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from Mecklenburg County. She also served for 10 years in the North Carolina state senate.

Host Frank Stasio talks about Hagan’s life and legacy with Keri Brown, a reporter at public radio station WFDD in Winston-Salem.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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