Tom Foley, former speaker of the House in a less combative time, dies at age 84

  • by: ALAN FRAM , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 18, 2013 - 5:08 PM

WASHINGTON — Tall and courtly, Tom Foley served 30 years in the House when partisan confrontation was less rancorous than today and Democrats had dominated for decades. He crowned his long political career by becoming speaker, only to be toppled when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, turned out by angry voters with little taste for incumbents.

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