Jake Brewer: Mary Katharine Ham’s Husband/WH Staffer Tragically Killed Doing A Good Deed

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Editor’s note: I was looking forward to meeting MKH at the Values Voters Summit this week. And though I’ve not met her in person, her close affiliation with Hugh Hewitt, as a frequent guest and guest host of many years, made her seem like a friend to all of us Hugh Hewitt friends and listeners. MKH was invariably intelligent and good-natured, and even more so after marrying her Jake, then giving birth to Georgia. My heart aches for MKH, sweet little Georgia, and baby Brewer (on the way), and I will daily be praying that God will send an abundance of grace and comfort. Psalm 116:15 ~ Tami Jackson

By Jeff Dunetz

There are no good words for such a horrible tragedy.

On Saturday Jake Brewer, Mary Katharine Ham’s husband, father of Georgia (and one on the way) was killed Saturday  while taking part in a bicycle ride to raise money to combat cancer. Jake was a White House staffer and if you don’t know Mary Katharine she is a long time blogger (now at Hot Air) and a Fox News contributor.

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I don’t know MKH well, meeting her only a few times, she always seemed to me as a very nice and caring person who was very much in love with her husband and family, and while I never had the honor of meeting Jake, everybody who knew him told me he was a special man who cared about others, and a guy who put his wife, kid (with one on the way), and family first.

Mary Katharine published this statement on Instagram, along with a picture of their growing family:

We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don't have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father's, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it's because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin' most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we'll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3

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Jake worked at the White House and President Obama released the following statement:

I am heartbroken at the tragic loss of one of my advisors, Jake Brewer.  We set out to recruit the best of the best to join their government and help us harness the power of technology and data to innovate new solutions for the 21st century.  Simply put, Jake was one of the best.  Armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better for them.  He worked to give citizens a louder voice in our society.

He engaged our striving immigrants.  He pushed for more transparency in our democracy.  And he sought to expand opportunity for all.  I’ve often said that today’s younger generation is smarter, more determined, and more capable of making a difference than I was as a young man.  Jake was proof of that.  Michelle and I are praying for all of Jake’s family and his many friends, most of all his wife, Mary Katharine Ham, their daughter, Georgia, and their growing family.  They’ll always have a family here at the White House.

May God comfort Mary Katharine, and all of Jake’s family, friends, and other loved ones. And May Jake Brewer rest in God’s peace and may his memory always be for a blessing.

First published at The Lid

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