7/4/17 – Former state Senator Ted Kanavas has died at the age of 56. Friends point out his death comes more than two years after a doctor told him he might only have six months to live. The Republican from Brookfield served in the Wisconsin Senator for 10 years, focusing on economic issues and serving as the primary sponsor of legislation giving tax credits to investors in startup companies. Former Governor Tommy Thompson called Kanavas “remarkable,” while current Governor Scott Walker called him “a great man” Friday. He was called a family man with a passion for politics.