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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 editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She's also the lead producer for on-demand content at WUNC and has worked on "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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