Representative Paul Bell, a Democrat from Newton, Iowa (House District 41), lost his battle with stomach cancer today at about 6 pm. He was 59 years old.
Bell had his stomach removed after finding cancer a year ago. Unfortunately, by that time it had spread into his lymph nodes.
Even with extensive chemotherapy and radiation during the 2010 legislative session, Bell was in Des Moines at the State Capitol throughout the session. The issue he is most known for is his support of environmental issues, as Bell served as chair of the Natural Resources Committee.
Rep. Bell was a member of the Iowa legislature for 17 years and had previously served as a police officer in Newton. As a result, his work at the Statehouse also focused diligently on the issues of public safety and law enforcement.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Speaker Pat Murphy released a statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Rep. Paul Bell. As a police office and legislator from Newton, he spent his life keeping his community safe and making Iowa a better place to live…”
“…Iowans will benefit from Rep. Bell’s passion and commitment to preserving our natural resources for generations to come. He will be sorely missed in the Iowa House.”
House Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen also stated, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rep. Bell’s family during this difficult time. Rep. Bell was a respected legislator who gave his time and energy serving others in the state legislature.”
Iowans from across the state remember Bell and his service to this state for the past 17 years. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends, as well as those who serve in the Iowa legislature. We must pray for their comfort and peace and extend our sympathies. Many highly respected Bell and his dedication to our state. Let us offer our prayers and words of support, hope and love.