Rep. Jo Ann Davis, R-Virginia.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, R-Va., died Saturday after battling breast cancer, according to a statement released by her office. She was 57.
Davis died at her Gloucester, Va., home. She was first diagnosed with cancer in 2005, according to the statement, and had a recurrence earlier this year.
"Davis had been receiving breast cancer treatment at Duke University and just recently had received positive reports on her condition," the statement said. "However, during the last week Davis' health took a turn for the worse."
Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming, the statement said.
President Bush said in a statement that during her four years in the House, Davis "was an effective advocate for the people of her district and a strong supporter of our men and women in uniform. She was a fine example of a public servant who worked hard to cut government waste to ensure the people's money was used wisely. Her common-sense values will be missed on Capitol Hill."
"Jo Ann and I were both elected to the United States Congress in 2000 after serving together for many years in the Virginia House of Delegates," said Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., in a statement. "She fought for, and embodied, the core values of Virginia."
Bush said Davis' determination to fight her cancer "is an inspiration to all of us."
Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla. and chairman of the House Republican Conference, noted in a statement that when Davis was first diagnosed with cancer, instead of retiring, she "pressed on, continued to serve with distinction the people of the Commonwealth and the country she loved, and beat the disease." After the cancer returned, he said, "she courageously took the same path."
"Jo Ann Davis was an inspiration to all of us fortunate enough to serve with her, and we are all deeply saddened by the news of her passing," Putnam said. "At this difficult hour, our thoughts and prayers are with Jo Ann's husband, Chuck, and their loved ones."