State Rep. Schroeder dies of stomach cancer

By: - October 1, 2021 2:47 pm

Rep. Andrea Schroeder | House Republicans photo

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.) died Friday after battling stomach cancer since 2018, House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) has announced. She was 57.

Schroeder was first elected in November 2018, a couple months after her diagnosis, and was reelected in 2020. She was a member of the Energy and Rules and Competitiveness committees. She and her husband, Mark, have three children.

“You know, a lot of being a cancer patient is seeing how hard it is on the people that want to help you. And you shoulder the responsibility for making them feel OK. And with the campaigning and everything else, I was just like, ‘I just don’t want to take on that responsibility — particularly because … it was a poor prognosis,’ ” Schroeder said in a 2019 Detroit Free Press interview.

Prior to her time in the Legislature, she served as a trustee on the Independence Township Board of Trustees. She was a former teacher and senior sales executive and currently operated a consulting business, per her Michigan House biography.

“Even in the worst days of her illness, Andrea Schroeder was a tireless and selfless friend who always put the needs of others before her own,” he said in a statement. “When we were all worried about her health and her comfort, she was more concerned about helping the people she represented who had called into the office, finding out what was going on in each of our lives, sharing the latest news about her children, working with the close staff for whom she cared so much, and helping everyone around her succeed with their own personal priorities. That’s who she was as a person right from the start, and that is exactly how I will remember her.”

“We are struggling with her loss today, but even more we are all feeling deeply for the close family and friends who have lost such a wonderful person,” Wentworth added.

Schroeder represented the 43rd District in Oakland County, which includes Clarkston, Clintonville, Independence Township, Lake Angelus, and Waterford Township.

“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of State Rep. Andrea Schroeder, following a long and hard-fought battle with stomach cancer,” Michigan GOP Chair Ron Weiser said in a statement Friday. “She worked tirelessly for her constituents while facing a struggle most of us cannot even begin to comprehend.”

House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) said Schroeder will “be missed by all on both sides of the aisle.

“Cancer is a terrible disease and it doesn’t spare good people like Rep. Schroeder, who was a tireless advocate for the people of her community,” Lasinski said. “She was passionate about the importance of public service, as she continued to do the people’s work until her final days. She will be missed by all on both sides of the aisle, and we would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family.”

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