Maryland Rep. Andy Harris's wife died suddenly Thursday morning. The family issued a statement Thursday afternoon that read:
"Sylvia “Cookie” Harris, beloved wife of over 30 years to Congressman Andy Harris, devoted mother of five and grandmother to two, and devout Catholic, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, August 28. The family is thankful for the thoughts and prayers that so many have offered already and appreciates privacy during this time."
Harris was elected to represent Maryland's 1st District in 2011.
“It is with deep sadness and regret that The Maryland Republican Party has been informed of the passing of Mrs. Sylvia “Cookie” Harris, wife of Congressman Andy Harris (Md-01)," Diana Waterman, Chairwoman MDGOP, said in a statement. "Mrs. Harris, a mother of five and grandmother of 2, was a devout catholic and strong advocate of the Maryland Right to Life organization. We are shocked and saddened by the news, Cookie was a truly wonderful person and the MDGOP’s thoughts, prayers and support go out to her family.”
Maryland Republican nominee for governor Larry Hogan added," words cannot adequately express how heartbroken Yumi and I are to learn of Cookie Harris’s sudden and tragic death. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with Andy and his children Joe, Becky, Irene, Jessica and Danny.”
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown also shared his condolences for the Harris family.
"I want to offer my deep and heartfelt condolences to Congressman Harris and his entire family on the tragic passing of Sylvia 'Cookie' Harris," Brown said. "The thoughts and prayers of my family, and of all Marylanders, are with the Harris family at this difficult time."