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Hutchison became the first undersecretary for border and transportation security at the Department of Homeland Security, and Battle was the director of public affairs and then chief of staff for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In 2006, when Hutchinson ran for governor, he tapped Battle as his campaign manager. Hutchinson lost that race to Democrat Mike Beebe.
“His sense of humor is a little bit subtle; he was most comfortable writing and he could write hilarious stories and you could see his sense of humor very quickly in his writing,” Hutchinson said. “But when you got him in a quiet moment, you could sure see his personal sense of humor. One time, he was telling the story of getting into a fist fight. You just can’t visualize this skinny little guy getting into a fist fight. It just always ends in a funny story.”
Battle also started a homeland security blog called Security Debrief. “Among his long list of victories and achievements was founding Security Debrief,” wrote the blog’s Justin Hienz on Thursday. “In honor and tribute to his vision, we will continue to provide this blog as a humble testament to a great man.”
This week on The Kidney Cancer Chronicles, Dena Battle wrote of telling the couple’s oldest daughter, who is 9, that her father would not get better. “We get daily e-mails, asking for updates, reminding us of your support and prayers,” Dena Battle wrote on Tuesday. “We’re grateful. The truth is that any update would be inaccurate. Our circumstances change by the moment. And most moments aren’t fit for sharing.”
Chris Battle is survived by his wife and two daughters, Kate and Josie, as well as his parents.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations for kidney cancer research be made at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
Donations made in his name will go toward Dr. Hans Hammers’ research on kidney cancer.
“It’s been pretty extraordinary the impact Chris has had,” Mascott said. “Whether it’s been on Capitol Hill or DHS or with us, there’s just so many people along the way that he has mentored and invested in and who just really love him.”