Lori Huizenga McClintock, the wife of northern California Rep. Tom McClintock (R–Elk Grove), passed suddenly, the Congressman’s office announced on Sunday.
Huizenga McClintock, a Sacramento-based recruiter for Lyon Real Estate, wed the California lawmaker in 1987.
“Our family’s darkest day and most terrible nightmare has come. Lori is gone,” read a statement from the McClintock family released by the Congressional office. “And with her all the light, warmth, fun, friendship and love she brought everywhere she went and to everyone she met. We are devastated and our world is shattered.”
“Only those who knew her can understand the enormity of the tragedy of her passing for her family and many friends,” the statement continues. “Our only comfort is that her unbounded charity, goodness, and faith assures her eternal life in heaven, where she will surely watch over all who loved her and whom she loved. On behalf of our grieving family, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have offered so many kind memories and tributes in condolence. We will always love her “more than all the stars in the sky.'”
McClintock, a long-time legislator representing Ventura County in the California State Assembly and Senate, currently represents California’s 4th Congressional district, spanning the state’s Sierra Nevada mountain range from Lake Tahoe to Kings Canyon National Park.