Ex-House Speaker Tom Foley Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Foley served 30 years in the house, Including more than five as speaker, from 1989-1995.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Speaker of the House, Tom Foley, as died at the age of 84.

Foley's wife, Heather, says the Washington state democrat died of complications from a stroke at his home in the nation's capital.

Foley served 30 years in the house, Including more than five as speaker, from 1989-1995.

He had also served as house majority leader, and was an influential member of the Select House Committee on Iran Contra.

The courtly politician lost his seat in the "Republican Revolution" of 1994, becoming the first speaker since the Civil War to fail to win re-election in his home district. The Democrat had never served a single day in the minority. He was defeated by Republican Spokane lawyer George Nethercutt.

Foley also served as U.S. ambassador to Japan for four years during the Clinton administration.


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