Tom Foley, conciliatory House speaker from a bygone era in Congress, is dead. Staff
Posted: Oct 18, 2013 2:07 PM
Former House Speaker Tom Foley died at the age of 84 on Friday. Foley, a Washington state Democrat, lost his bid for re-election in 1994, despite his role as the top lawmaker in the House. Foley's defeat after 15 terms came in the year Republicans seized control of the chamber following more than four decades in the minority. Foley was the first speaker to lose re-election since the Civil War and was one of 54 House Democrats ousted in the "Republican Revolution" that led to the ascension of Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., as speaker.

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