Former Rep. Al Ullman (D-Oregon), who served in Congress 24 years, including a stint as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has died at the age of 72.
Ullman died Saturday at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, near Washington, after an 11-year battle with cancer, said his brother, Miles Ullman of Salem.
Ullman was elected to Congress in 1956. He served as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee from 1975 until 1980, when he was defeated for reelection by Republican Denny Smith.
He entered Congress as a liberal and moved steadily to the right. He attributed his shift to his experience as a member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, pragmatism and disillusionment with some of the "Great Society" programs of President Lyndon Johnson's era.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey, two sons and a daughter.