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Former House Speaker dies

Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley has died at the age of 84.
Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley has died at the age of 84.

Foley, a Washington state lawmaker who served as speaker from 1989-1994, died at his home in Washington D.C. after complications from strokes.
 
Foley was first elected to Congress in 1964 and served 15 terms. Prior to becoming House Speaker, he served as chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture.

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

In a statement, President Barack Obama called Foley "a legend of the United States Congress" who succeeded because his "straightforward approach helped him find common ground with members of both parties."

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