Dennis Moore, ex-Democratic Kansas congressman, dies at 75

November 2, 2021 GMT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Dennis Moore, a former prosecutor who represented Kansas in Congress for 12 years as a Democrat in a district that had previously seemed safe for Republicans, has died. He was 75.

The former congressman’s wife, Stephene, said he died of cancer Tuesday. He also had Alzheimer’s for several years.

Moore won the seat for the Kansas City-area 3rd Congressional District in 1998, defeating freshman conservative Republican Rep. Vince Snowbarger. The GOP had held the seat since 1961.

Moore already had demonstrated an ability to attract moderate Republicans’ and independents’ votes by winning three terms as Johnson County district attorney, starting in 1976. He was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Kansas attorney general in 1986.

He won reelection to Congress five times by positioning himself as a moderate Democrat.

Stephene Moore said his proudest accomplishments in Congress included the passage of laws increasing the death benefit for the families of fallen military personnel and requiring the federal government to pay for the flights home of active-duty members of the military.

Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas said Tuesday that Moore gave others with Alzheimer’s courage and hope.

Moore did not seek reelection to Congress in 2010. Republican Kevin Yoder won the seat, holding it until Democrat Sharice Davids ousted him in 2018.