Patt Morrison for February 11, 2008

Congressman Tom Lantos Dies

Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo) died this morning at age 80. Lantos served 14 terms for California's 12th district and was the only Holocaust survivor ever to be elected to Congress. Despite his age, it was not until he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in late December that he announced he would not run again. Throughout his career he was an active member of the House, serving as the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Lantos is remembered for his devotion to issues of human rights, civil liberties and social justice.

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