Former Congressman Dies at 83

Former Congressman Henry Hyde has passed away.

The Illinois Republican spent 32 years in Congress, and was well known for his continuous opposition to abortion and his key role in impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton.

During his tenure in the House, Hyde served as Chairman of the Judiciary and International Relations Committees.

Hyde retired from Congress at the end of the last session.

Earlier this month, President Bush awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

There's no immediate word on the cause of his death.

Hyde was 83-years-old.

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