Congressman Massie Announces Passing of His Wife

Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie announced the passing of his wife, Rhonda, in a series of social media posts Friday morning.

“Yesterday my high school sweetheart, the love of my life for over 35 years, the loving mother of our 4 children, the smartest kindest woman I ever knew, my beautiful and wise queen forever, Rhonda went to Heaven. Thank you for your prayers for our family in this difficult time,” Massie wrote.

Massie posted the news on X, formerly known as Twitter. The Kentucky congressman noted his wife’s achievements; she was valedictorian at their high school, where they attended prom together. She was “accepted at MIT and Harvard, earned a mechanical engineering degree from MIT, and devoted her life to our family.”

Condolences poured in from around the state.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Rhonda Massie. Rhonda was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as a successful businesswoman and proud Kentuckian,” Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne said in a statement. “In this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with her family. May they find comfort in cherished memories and the prayers that surround them.”

“Our caucus joins in mourning the loss of a wonderful woman and long-time Kentuckian, Rhonda Massie. We offer our most sincere prayers for comfort and peace to Representative Thomas Massie and his entire family,” Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers said.

Fellow Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr also offered his support. Barr lost his wife due to a rare heart condition in 2020.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rhonda Massie, the beloved wife of my friend and colleague, Thomas Massie,” Barr wrote on X. “Rhonda’s warmth, kindness, and dedication to her family and community touched everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. During this heartbreaking time, my thoughts and prayers are with Thomas, their four children, and the entire Massie family.

The Kentucky congressman said the Massie’s spent last week touring Mt. Ranier with their grandson.

No cause of death was announced.