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  • Tom Foley, the last of the non-polarizing House speakers

    Tom Foley, the last of the non-polarizing House speakers
    Former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.), whose death was announced Friday, embodied everything that seems to have vanished from Washington. A consensus-builder, he was well mannered, reserved and modest, and he led the House like an institution, not a political rally. He was the antithesis both of the man he replaced, Jim Wright, a Texas Democrat who wielded power like a club, and the man who would succeed him, Newt Gingrich, a Georgia Republican whose ego and ambition were too grandiose even for the nation's capital.
  • Tom Foley dies at 84; ex-House speaker was congressman for 30 years

    Tom Foley dies at 84; ex-House speaker was congressman for 30 years
    Tall and courtly, Tom Foley served 30 years in a U.S. House where partisan confrontation was less rancorous than today and where Democrats dominated for decades. He crowned his long political career by becoming speaker, only to be toppled when Republicans...

    Former House Speaker Tom Foley dies at 84

    Former House Speaker Tom Foley dies at 84
    WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Tom Foley, a Washington Democrat who served 15 terms before losing his congressional seat in the 1994 Republican revolution, has died. Foley was 84, according to statement issued by House Speaker John A. Boehner...