UPCOMING MEMORIAL SERVICE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018

 

FMC's Annual Memorial Service
In Statuary Hall

 

 

 

In Memoriam


2018



2017


Pete Domenici (R-NM, 1973-2009)

DOMENICI, Pete Vichi, a Senator from New Mexico; born in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.Mex., May 7, 1932; graduated, University of New Mexico 1954; graduated, Denver University Law School 1958; admitted to the New Mexico bar in 1958 and commenced practice in Albuquerque; elected to Albuquerque City Commission 1966, chairman (ex-officio mayor) 1967; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1972; reelected in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, and 2002, and served from January 3, 1973, to January 3, 2009; chair, Committee on the Budget (One Hundred Fourth through One Hundred Sixth Congresses, One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001]), Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (One Hundred Eighth and One Hundred Ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 2008; died on September 13, 2017.

Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI, 1993-2011)

EHLERS, Vernon James, a Representative from Michigan; born in Pipestone, Pipestone County, Minn., February 6, 1934; educated at home by his parents; attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1952-1956; A.B., University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1956; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1960; teaching and scientific research, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, 1956-1966; professor of physics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1966-1983; commissioner, Kent County, Mich., 1975-1983; member of the Michigan state house of representatives, 1983-1985; member of the Michigan state senate, 1985-1993; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Third Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Paul B. Henry, reelected to the eight succeeding Congresses (December 7, 1993-January 3, 2011); chair, Committee on House Administration (One Hundred Ninth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress in 2010; died on August 15, 2017, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ralph Regula (R-OH, 1973-2009)

Mr. Ralph Regula passed away on July 19, 2017 in Bethlehem Township, Ohio at the age of 92. He was born in Beach City, Ohio and attended Mount Union College where he received his B.A. He then entered into the U.S. Navy in 1944-1946. Afterwards he went on to receive his law degree from the William McKinley School of Law in Ohio. From 1960-1964 he was a member of the Ohio state board of education and from 1965-1966 he was a member of the Ohio state House of Representatives. He was then a member of the Ohio state senate from 1967-1972 and went on to be elected as a Republican to the Ninety-third and the seventeen succeeding Congresses representing the State of Ohio from 1973-2009.

William Carney (R-NY, 1979-1986)

Mr. William Carney passed away on May 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C at the age of 74. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Florida State University from 1960-1961. He was part of the United States Army Medical Corps from 1961-1964. From 1976-1979 he was a member of the Suffolk County, New York legislature. He was then elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth and three succeeding Congresses representing the State of New York from 1979-1986. After he left office, he moved to the nation’s capital and worked as a consultant

Michael Lowry (D-WA, 1979-1989)

Mr. Michael Edward Lowry passed away on May 1, 2017 in Olympia, Washington at the age of 78. He was born in St. John, Washington and received his B.A. from Washington State University in 1962. He worked for the Washington State senate and as a lobbyist for Puget Sound Group Health Cooperative from 1969-1975. He was elected in 1975 to the King County Council and then in 1978 he was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth and to the four succeeding Congresses representing the state of Washington. In 1992 he was elected governor of Washington for a single four-year term beginning January 13, 1993. His principal policy initiative was enactment of a statewide system of health insurance with premiums based on ability to pay. More recently, Lowry was active in building affordable housing for Washington’s migrant farm workers.

Raymond P. Kogovsek (D-CO, 1979-1985)

Mr. Raymond P. Kogovsek passed away on April 30 in Colorado at the age of 75. He was born in Pueblo County, Colorado and went on to receive his M.A. from the University of Denver in 1965. He worked in the Pueblo County clerk’s office from 1964-1973 while serving in the Colorado house of representatives. From 1974-1978 he was a paralegal aide while also serving on the Colorado State senate. Then in 1979 he was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth and to the two succeeding Congresses representing the state of Colorado

Dawson Mathis (D-GA, 1971-1981)

Mr. Marvin Dawson Mathis passed away on April 17, 2017 in Tifton, Georgia at the age of 76. He was born in Nashville, Georgia and attended South Georgia College. From 1964 – 1970 he was a news director on WALB-TV. In 1971 he was then elected as a Democrat to the ninety –second and the four succeeding Congresses representing the state of Georgia. While in Congress Mr. Mathis served on the Committee for Agriculture and voted to continue appropriations to support American forces serving in Vietnam. After his time in office, Mr. Mathis became an advocate.

Lawrence J. Hogan Sr. (R-MD, 1969-1975)

Mr. Lawrence Joseph Hogan Sr. passed away on April 20, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland at the age of 88. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and went on to received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University in 1954 and was admitted to the bar in the same year. He later enrolled in graduate studies at San Francisco State College from 1956-1957, received a M.A. degree from American University in 1965, and continued studies at the University of Maryland from 1966-1967. After being admitted to the bar in 1954 Mr. Hogan opened his own private practice law firm in Washington, DC. He held a faculty positon at the University of Maryland from 1960-1968 and then in 1969 was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-first and two succeeding Congresses representing the state of Maryland. Mr. Hogan while in office was on the House Judiciary Committee and was the only Republican to vote for all three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon when they were adopted in the committee.

Jay Dickey (R-AR, 1993-2001)

Mr. Jay W. Dickey Jr. passed away on April 20th in Pine Bluff, Arkansas at the age of 77. He was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas are received his J.D. in 1963. He opened his private practice in Pine Bluff, Arkansas from 1968-1970 and was a special justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1988. Then in 1993 he was elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Third and the three succeeding Congresses representing the state of Arkansas. While in office Mr. Dickey served on the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations and five of its subcommittees; Agriculture, National Security, Energy and Water, Transportation, and Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.

Eligio, (Kika) de la Garza II (D-TX, 1965-1997)

Mr. Eligio de la Garza passed away on March 13, 2017 in McAllen, Texas at the age of 89. He was born in Mercedes, Texas and at age 17 enlisted in the United States Navy from 1945-1946 and then later served in the United States Army from 1950-1952. He attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and went on to practice law in Mission, Texas while also acting as a member of the Texas state house of representatives (1952-1964). In 1965 he was elected as a Democrat to the eighty-ninth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses representing the State of Texas. While in Congress Mr. de la Garza served on the Committee for Agriculture.

Anthony Beilenson (D-CA, 1977-1997)

Mr. Anthony Beilenson passed away on March 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 84. He was born in New Rochelle, New York and attended Harvard University Law School where he graduated with his law degree in 1957. He began his practice in California following his admittance to the California state bar. Mr. Beilenson became a member of the California State Assembly from 1963-1966 and then a member of the California State Senate from 1967-1976. In 1977 he was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth and to the nine succeeding Congresses. While in Congress he served as chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Clint Roberts (R-SD, 1981-1983)

Mr. Clint Roberts passed away on February 12, 2017 in Pierre, South Dakota at the age of 82. He was born in Presho, South Dakota and attended Black Hills State College. He was a farmer and rancher and active member of the community serving as a member of the South Dakota state senate from 1972-1978. From 1979-1980 he became the secretary of agriculture and in 1981 Mr. Roberts was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-seventh Congress. Following his time in Congress he acted as director of the South Dakota Energy Office.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (D-AS, 1989-2015)

Mr. Eni F. H. Faleomavaega passed away on February 2017 in Provo, Utah at the age of 73. He was born in Vailoatai Village, American Samoa and received his J.D. and Masters of Law Degree from the University of Houston Law Center and the University of California – Berkeley. He served in the Vietnam War in the United States Army from 1966-1969 and later served again in the United States Army Reserve from 1982-1989. From 1975-1981 Mr. Faleomavaega was on staff for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs and the in 1981-1984 elected as the deputy attorney general for American Samoa in 1985. In 1989 he was elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred First and to the twelve succeeding Congresses.

Robert Michel (R-IL, 1957-1995)

Mr. Robert Michel passed away on February 17, 2017 in Arlington Virginia at the age of 93. He was born in Peoria, Illinois and went on to serve during WWII as a combat infantryman from 1943-1946. He was wounded by machine gun fire and was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and four battle stars. After serving in the military he attended Bradley University. From 1949-1956 he worked as an assistant to Representative Harold Velde and in 1957 was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fifth and to the eighteen succeeding Congresses. During his time in Congress he acted as the minority whip (Ninety-fourth through Ninety-sixth Congresses) and the minority leader (Ninety-seventh through One Hundred Third Congresses). Mr. Michel was the longest-serving Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives and recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor


2016


William (Bud) Hudnut III (R-IN, 1973-1975)

Mr. Hudnut passed away on December 18, 2016 in Chevy Chase, MD at the age of 84. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to receive his B.D. from Princeton University and then in 1957 was ordained as a clergyman after attending Union Theological Seminary in New York. In 1973 Mr. Hudnut was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-third Congress representing the state of Indiana. Following his time in Congress he served as mayor of IndianapolisHis four terms in office, made him the city’s longest serving mayor from 1976-1991.

John Glenn (D-OH, 1974-1999)

Mr. John Glenn passed away on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95. He was born in Cambridge, Ohio and graduate from Muskingum College. From 1942-1965 he served in the United States Marine Corps during which time he joined the United States space program in 1959. He was selected as one of the original seven Mercury astronauts and in February 1962 and became the first American to orbit the Earth. Although unsuccessful in 1964 in becoming a United States Senator, in 1975 he was appointed by the Governor in 1974 to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation of the current senator. Mr. Glenn was then subsequently reelected in 1980, 1986, and again in 1992 for the term ending in January 1999. While in Senate he was chairman on the Committee on Governmental Affairs (One Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses). He awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on August 7, 2009, for service as first American to orbit the earth and was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on May 29, 2012.

Benn Gilman (R-NY, 1973-2003)

Mr. Benjamin Gilman passed away on December 17, 2016 in Wappingers Falls, New York at the age of 94. He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. After the war he went on to receive his law degree from New York Law School in 1950. From 1953-1955 he was assistant attorney general and afterwards continued a private practice in his hometown while also serving as a member of the New York state assembly from 1966-1972. In 1972 he was elected to represent his district in NY as a Republican to the Ninety-third and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 2003). While in Congress he served as a chair for the Committee on International Relations (One Hundred Fourth through One Hundred Sixth Congresses).

Ken Hechler (D-WV, 1959-1977)

Mr. Kenneth Hechler passed away on December 10, 2016, in Romney, West Virginia at the age of 102. He was born in Roslyn, Long Island, NY and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York in 1940. Hechler served on the faculty of, Columbia, Princeton, Barnard, and Marshall Universities in the years leading up to World War ll. He was a research assistant to Judge Samuel I. Rosenman and President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Roosevelt’s public papers and then in 1949-1953 acted as the special assistant to President Truman. After working with many political organizations, campaigns, and conventions he was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1977). He taught at the University of Charleston and Marshall University from 1981-1984 and was elected secretary of state of West Virginia in 1984.

Melvin Laird (R-WI, 1953-1971)

Mr. Laird passed away on November 16, 2016 in Fort Myers, FL. He was a Representative from Wisconsin, domestic adviser, senior counselor and Secretary of Defense. Mr. Laird was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended Carleton College. He served in the United States Navy, and was awarded the Purple Heart. From 1942 until 1946 Mr. Laird was part of the Wisconsin state senate, and in 1948 was the delegate to the Republican National Convention. He was elected to the 83rd and the eight succeeding Congresses. He resigned on January 21, 1969. From 1969 until 1973 he was the Secretary of Defense in the Cabinet of President Richard Nixon, and later on, his domestic adviser. He was a senior counselor for national and international affairs at the Reader’s Digest Association.

Clyde Holloway  (R-LA, 1987-1993)

Mr. Holloway passed away on October 16, 2016 in his home in Forest Hill, Louisiana at the age of 72. Holloway attended the National Aeronautics School in Kansas City, Kansas. He served three terms as a Republican Representative from Louisiana from 1987 to 1993. He also served as a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Holloway and his wife Catherine Holloway owned a nursery business.

Bill Barrett (R-NE, 1991-2001)

Mr. Barret passed away on September 20, 2016 in Lexington, Nebraska at the age of 87. Mr. Barrett served as a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 until 2001, specifically representing the state of Nebraska. He also served on the Republican National Committee and as a GOP chairman.  Prior to this position, he spent more than ten years in the Nebraska Legislature with his final four years as speaker. Mr. Barret attended Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. While in Congress, Mr. Barret was an advocate for farm issues, and helped to write the Freedom to Farm Act in 1996.

Burt Talcott (R-CA 1963-1977)

Mr. Burt Talcott passed away on July 29 in Tacoma, Washington at the age of 96. He was born in Billings, Montana and went on to receive his law degree in 1948 from Stanford University. Prior to being admitted to the California bar, from 1942-1945 during WWII, he was a bomber pilot in the United States Army Air Corps. After being shot down, wounded and held captive for 14 months in a German prison he was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart with clusters. From 1954-1962 he had his own private practice and in then in 1963 he was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth and six succeeding Congresses representing the state of California. He then became president and consultant for legislative affairs at Talcott, McCabe and Associates from 1977-1986.

Helen Bentley (R-MD, 1985-1995)

Ms. Bentley passed away on August 6, 2016 in her home in Timonium, Maryland at the age of 92 as a result of brain cancer. Ms. Bentley served as a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland from 1985 until 1995. She was a Congresswoman, journalist, television producer, chair at the Federal Maritime Commission, and an international business consultant. Ms. Bentley dedicated her years in Congress to work in the U.S. maritime industry, American manufacturing, and maintaining and promoting Maryland’s port.

Steven LaTourette (R-OH, 1995- 2013)

Mr. LaTourette passed away on August 3, 2016 from pancreatic cancer in McLean, Virginia at the age of 62. He served as a Republican Representative from Ohio from 1995 to 2013. During that time, he was part of different subcommittees. They included the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch; and he was the Vice President of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development. Prior to his political career, he worked as a lawyer, in both the private and public sectors. Additionally, he served as Lake County, Ohio’s prosecutor. Mr. LaTourette graduated from the University of Michigan, and studied law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.

Robert Morgan (D-NC, 1975-1981)

Mr. Morgan passed away on July 16, 2016 in his home in Blues Creek, North Carolina at the age of 90. He attended the University of North Carolina and Wake Forest College School of Law. From 1944 until 1946, Mr. Morgan served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He advanced to lieutenant colonel and he also served in the United States Air Force Reserve. In 1974, Mr. Morgan was elected to the United States Senate. He worked in this position until 1981 and then became director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations. In 1992 he resumed his law practice in North Carolina.

John Brademas (D-IN, 1959-1981)

Mr. Brademas passed away on July 11, 2016 in New York City, New York at the age of 89. He was born in Mishawaka, Indiana and served as a Representative for his home state. Mr. Brademas graduated from Harvard University. Afterwards as a Rhodes Scholarship recipient he attended Brasenose College, Oxford where he received his doctoral degree. He served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946. He started his political career as a staff member for various Senators including Senator Pat McNamara of Michigan. He worked as an assistant professor at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Mr. Brademas was elected as a Democrat to the 86th Congress, and was then reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses. He acted as the majority whip in the 95th and 96th Congresses. From 1981 until 1992 Mr. Brademas served as New York University’s president.

William Armstrong (R-CO, 1973-1991)

Mr. Armstrong passed away on July 5, 2016 at the age of 79. Mr. Armstrong was born in Fremont, Nebraska and was a Representative and a Senator from Colorado. He attended Tulane University and the University of Minnesota. He also served in the United States Army National Guard from 1957 until 1963. In addition to his career in politics, he also served as the president of a radio station in Aurora Colorado, and worked as a banker. From 1963 until 1964 Mr. Armstrong served as a State Representative, and from 1965 until 1972 as a State Senator. He was also a State senate majority leader, and in 1972 he was elected as a Republican to the 93rd Congress. He was reelected to the two consecutive Congresses. In 1984 he was reelected to the United States Senate, and served until 1991. Mr. Armstrong was a chairman of the Republican Party Committee.

Abner Mikva (D-IL, 1969-1981)

Joseph Mikva (D-IL, 1969-1981) Mr. Mikva passed away on July 4, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mr. Mikva received his law degree from the University of Chicago. From 1944 until 1945 he served in the United States Army Air Corps, and from 1951 to 1952 he served as the law clerk to the United States Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton. For ten years he was a member of the Illinois state legislature, and in 1967 was elected as a Democrat to Congress. In 1973 Mr. Mikva was a member of the Illinois State Board of Ethics, and for two years he was a professor of law at Northwestern University before being elected for the 94th and the two succeeding Congresses. He resigned on September 26, 1979. From 1979 until 1991 Mr. Mikva, served as a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. In 1991 he was a chief judge, and he was also Counsel to President William Clinton.

George Voinovich (R-OH, 1999-2011)

Mr. Voinovich passed away on June 12, 2016 in his home state of Ohio at the age of 80. He was born in Cleveland Ohio, and received his bachelor degree in government from Ohio University and his law degree from Ohio State University College of Law. In 1963 he was an assistant attorney general of Ohio, and from 1967 until 1971 Mr. Voinovich served as state representative. In 1979 he was lieutenant governor of Ohio and from 1979 until 1989 he held the position of mayor of Cleveland. He was elected governor of his state in 1991, and later became the chairman of the National Governors Association. In 1988 he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and reelected in 2004. In addition, he was a chair of the Select Committee on Ethics to the 109th Congress.

Delbert Latta (R-OH, 1959-1989)

Delbert Leroy Latta passed away on May 12, 2016 in Bowling Green, Ohio. He attended Findlay College and Ohio Northern University. After college, he served in the United States Army from 1938-1941 and United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1942 and 1943. Soon thereafter, Latta practiced Law and taught courses at Ohio Northern University, his alma mater. Latta then served three terms on the Ohio State Senate. He was elected as a Republican to the 86th United States Congress and to the 14 succeeding Congresses from Jan. 3, 1959 to Jan. 3, 1989. He was the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee from 1975 to his retirement in 1989.

Robert Bennett (R-UT, 1992-2011)

Bob Bennet passed away on May 4th, 2016 in his home in Arlington, Virginia. He received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah in 1957. After graduating, Bennett joined the Utah Army National Guard. He then worked for a variety of public relations firms, such as Summa Corporation and Osmond Communications, where he was president. He then became Chairman of the American Computer Corporation before running for Senate. Bennet spent his last years as a part time teacher at the University of Utah and at George Washington University. He also became Chairman of Bennett Group, a consulting firm with offices in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.

Ray Thornton (D-AR, 1973-1997) Mr. Thornton passed away on April 13, 2016 in Arkansas at the age of 88. Born and raised in Arkansas, Mr. Thornton attended the University of Arkansas, Yale University, law school at the University of Texas, and received his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Arkansas. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and advanced until the rank of lieutenant. In 1956 he started practicing law in his home state, and served as deputy prosecuting attorney. Later on, Mr. Thornton practiced law for a private firm, and was the attorney general of Arkansas. He was elected as a Democrat to the 93rd Congress and was reelected for the two succeeding ones. After an unsuccessful election to the United States Senate, he became the director of Ouachita Baptist University-Henderson State University Joint Educational Consortium. In 1979 he was the president of Arkansas State University and in 1984 the president of University of Arkansas. In 1991 Mr. Thornton was elected to the Congress and the two following Congresses. He resigned on January 1, 1997. From 1997 until 2005, he was successfully elected as a justice to the Arkansas state supreme court.

Frank Denholm (D-SD, 1971-1975) 

Frank Denholm passed away on April 7, 2016 in Brookings, SD at the age of 93 years old. Denholm served two terms as the Democratic Representative for South Dakota’s 1st district. He received his B.S. from South Dakota State University in 1956 and later went on to receive his J.D. from the University of South Dakota eight years later. From 1956-1961, he worked as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During this time, he also served as a lecturer in economics, law, and political science at South Dakota State University. He practiced law in Brookings before being elected to Congress, and returned to his law practice after his congressional service. He was a delegate for the South Dakota State Democratic conventions from 1950-1952 and served as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention in 1968.

Martin Sabo (D-MN, 1979-2007)

Martin Sabo died on March 13, 2016 at the age of 78 in Minneapolis, MN. Sabo served as the Democratic Representative for Minnesota’s 5th district starting in 1979 and was successfully reelected thirteen times. At the age of 22, a recent graduate from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, he was elected to the Minnesota House in 1960, where he later served as minority leader (1969-72) and House speaker (1973-78) being the first Democrat to hold this state’s position. While in the 103rd Congress he chaired the House Budget Committee. In the 109th United States Congress he sat on the House Appropriations Committee, and was the ranking member of that committee’s Homeland Security subcommittee.

Mike Oxley (R-OH, 1981-2007)

Mike Oxley passed away on January 1, 2016, in McLean, VA at the age of 71. Oxley served as a Republican Representative from Ohio. He received his B.A. at Miami University in Oxford, OH and went on to receiving his JD from State University College of Law in 1969. After graduation, he went on to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  As a member of the Ohio State House of Representatives from 1972-1981, he was also a delegate to the Ohio State Republican Conventions from 1971-1980. Oxley was originally elected to the 97th Congress by Special Election and successfully was reelected, holding his seat from 1981-2007. While in office, he was chairman of the Committee of Financial Services. Oxley also served as chairman of the Lung Cancer Alliance board of directors.

Dale Bumpers (D-AR, 1975-1999)

Dale Bumpers passed away on January 1, 2016 in his home in Little Rock, AR at the age of 90. He served as a Democratic Senator from Arkansas from 1975 to 1999. Prior to his time in Congress, Bumpers served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943-1946. After his discharged he attended the University of Arkansas for his undergraduate degree and later attended Northwestern University Law School where he received his JD. Bumpers sat on the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1978. He served as Governor of Arkansas from 1970-1974. He served as chairman on the Committee on Small Business.


2015


Allen Ertel ( D-PA, 1977-1983)

Allen Ertel died on November 19, 2015, in his hometown of Williamsport, Pa at the age of 78. He served as a Republican Representative for Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1958 from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and in 1965 from Yale Law School in Connecticut. Ertel served in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1962. He was a delegate for the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

Tim Valentine (D-NC, 1983-1995)

Tim Valentine passed away on November, 10, 2015, in Rocky Mount, NC at the age of 89. Valentine served as a Democratic Representative from North Carolina from 1983-1995. Valentine graduated from The Citadel and later earned his JD from the University of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill. Valentine served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1955-1960. He was also the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic executive committee from 1966-1968 before serving as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Valentine proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and was on active duty from 1944-1946.

Howard Coble (R-NC, 1985-2015)

Howard  Coble passed away on November 3, 2015, in his hometown of Greensboro, NC at the age of 84. Coble served as a Republican Representative from North Carolina from 1985-2015. Coble attended school in North Carolina before earning his JD from University of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill. Coble went on to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1952-1956 and the United States Coast Guard Reserve from 1960-1982. He served during the Korean War. Prior to his service in Congress, Coble served in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1979-1983.

Fred Thompson (R-TN, 1993-2003)

Fred Thompson passed away on November 1, 2015, in Nashville, TN at the age of 73. Thompson served as a Republican Senator from Tennessee from 1994-2003. During his time in the Senate, Thompson served as the Chairman of the Committee on Governmental Affairs. Prior to his service in Congress he was a council on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, The Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (“Watergate Committee”). Surrounding his career in the Senate, Thompson also led a successful Acting career and appeared in hit shows like Law and Order and popular movies such as Hunt for Red October

Gus Savage (D-IL, 1981-1993)

Gus Savage passed away on October 31, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Savage was elected to the 97th Congress where he represented Illinois’ 2nd district. He served in the United States Army from 1943-1946. Later he received his B.A. from Roosevelt College in Chicago, IL. He worked as a journalist and editor for Citizen Community Newspapers from 1965-1979. As founder of the black political independent movement in the Midwest, he worked as a chief strategist and went on to be the campaign manager for the Midwest League of Negro Voters in 1960. He was chairman of Protest at the Polls, the Southend Voters Conference, and the Committee for a Black Mayor.

Don Edwards (D-CA, 1963 – 1995)

Don Edwards passed away on October 1, 2015, at his home in Carmel, CA at the age of 100. Edwards served as a Democratic Representative from California starting in 1962 until his retirement in 1995. He was known for his strong influence over the Civil Rights Movement, opposition to the Vietnam War, as well as his defense of the environment. Before serving in Congress, Edwards was a member of the FBI and the U.S. Navy.

James Santini (D-NV, 1975 – 1983)

Jim Santini passed away on September 22, 2015, in Rockville, MD at the age of 78. He served four terms in Congress, as the only Representative for Nevada, from 1975-1983. Prior to his public service in Congress, Santini served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1966, and as a deputy district attorney, a public defender and a District Court judge in Nevada.

Louis Stokes (D-OH, 1969 – 1999)

Louis Stokes died on August 18, 2015 was the first African American Congressman from Ohio. Known as a champion for the poor, Stokes as a member of the House Appropriations Committee,  sought to have funds allocated to housing and urban development projects, job programs and health clinics. Stokes was also the head of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which concluded that the Kennedy and King killings may have involved conspiracies.  Stokes served in the US Army, and afterward went to Case Western Reserve University at night while he worked in a Veterans Administration office in Cleveland.

Richard Schweiker (R-PA, 1961-1981)

Richard Schweiker died July 31, 2015.  Senator Schweiker, considered a liberal Republican was the vice presidential candidate in Ronald Reagan’s unsuccessful 1976 campaign.   Schweiker headed the Department of Health and Human Services for two years after his 20 years of service in Congress.  Schweiker was a WWII veteran, serving in the Navy who was outspoken in his opposition to the Vietnam War.

Mario Biaggi (D-NY, 1969-1988)

Mario Biaggi died June 24, 2015 in the Bronx, New York. Prior to serving on Congress, Biaggi was one of the most decorated officers in the New York Police Department. Biaggi was liked on both sides of this aisle, running effectively unopposed for several years, even receiving the nomination by the Republican Party as well. The former lieutenant detective would later be known as a law-and-order conservative and labor sympathizer during his time in Congress.

John H. Murphy (D-NY, 1963-1981)

John H. Murphy died May 25, 2015 on Staten Island, New York. Murphy, a graduate of West Point, won a Distinguished Service Award during the Korean conflict. The nine-term congressman was born on Staten Island and continued to represent the island though out his tenure. Mr. Murphy is credited for leading the movement to transfer control of the Panama Canal back to Panama.

Jim Wright (D-TX, 1955-1991)

Jim Wright died May 6, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. He started to represent Texas’ twelfth district in 1955, eventually becoming the 56th Speaker of the House. In 1953, he served as president of the League of Texas Municipalities. Mr. Wright considered his assertive role in discussing peace talks with Nicaragua’s then-President Daniel Ortega during the Nicaragua conflict in the late 1980s.

Robert Griffin  (R-MI,1957-1979)

Robert Griffin died on April 17, 2015 in Traverse City, Michigan at the age of 91.  Griffin, serviced in Congress as a Representative from 1957 until 1966 when he was appointed as a Senator for the State of Michigan, to fill Senator McNamara’s seat and continued serving until 1979. From 1969 to 1977 he was the Senate Minority Whip. He was both a Michigan Supreme Court Justice and later a Justice for the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Bruce Alger (R-TX, 1955-1965)

Bruce Alger died on April 13, 2015 in Palm Bay, Florida at the age of 96.  Alger represented the Dallas district of Texan from 1955 until 1965. Alger flew bomber planes for the US Army in World War II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

John Paul Hammerschmidt (R-AR, 1967-1993)

John Paul Hammerschmidt died on April 1, 2015 in Springdale, Arkansas, with his son, John Arthur, by his side. Hammerschmidt served 13 terms as Representative for Arkansas 3rd district. After serving in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII, he returned and received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University. Once he went into the lumber industry he was president of Hammerschmidt Lumber Co., Construction Products Co., Arkansas Lumber Dealers Association and Southwestern Lumberman’s Association. He was a delegate for six Republican National Conventions and was the State chairman for Arkansas Republican State Central Committee.

Robert Kastenmeier (D-WI, 1959-1991)

Robert Kastenmeier died March 20, 2015 at his home in Arlington, VA at the age of 91. Kastenmeier was first elected to Congress in 1958 as a Democrat from Wisconsin, and was reelected 15 times. He was a veteran of World War II, but was well known for his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam War. Among many other accomplishments, Kastenmeier helped pass extended copyright protection for authors.

Thomas Cass Ballenger (R-NC, 1985-2005)

Thomas Cass Ballenger passed away on February 18, 2015 in Hickory North Carolina at the age of 88.  While in Congress Ballenger was a member of the Republican leadership, serving as a Deputy Whip,he came from a long line of family Democrat politicians.   In his lifetime Ballenger, was elected in 38 consecutive elections-considering: local, state and national- having never lost an election.

Joe Gaydos (D-PA, 1967-1993)

Joseph Gaydos passed away on February 7, 2015. Gaydos served Pennsylvania’s 20th district from 1967 until 1993. For two years he served in the Pacific theater with the U.S. Navy Reserves. He later attended Duquesne University on his GI Bill and went on to receiving his LL.B. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He served in the Pennsylvania State senate from 1967-1968. As the deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania and was the assistant solicitor of Allegheny County. He also was the former general counsel to the United Mine Workers of America fifth district. He was elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the Ninetieth and to the Ninety-first Congress, by special election and was reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses.

Don H. Clausen (R-CA, 1963-1983)

Don H. Clausen died February 7, 2015 in Fortuna, California. He served California as a congressman for three decades (1963-1983). Clausen served as a carrier pilot in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. After his tenure in Congress, President Ronald Reagan appointed Clausen to be the director of special projects in the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.

Wes Cooley (R-OR, 1995-1997)

Wes Cooley died on February 4, 2015 in Bend, Oregon. Cooley served one term as Representative of Oregon’s 2nd district. He served in the United States Army from 1952-1954 and received his B.S. from the University of Southern California in 1958. He was elected to the Oregon State Senate in 1992 and held that position until he was elected to Congress in 1995.

John T. Myers (R-IN, 1967-1997)

John T. Myers passed away on January 27, 2015 at his home in Covington, Indiana. Myers served as a Republican Representative from 1967 to 1997, representing Indiana’s 7th district. During his time, he was ranking Republican on the House Ethics Committee as well as ranking Republican and then chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development. Before serving in Congress, Myers graduated from Indiana State University, served in the Army during World War II, and worked in banking.

Arch A. Moore, Jr. (R-WV, 1957-1969)

Arch A. Moore, Jr. died January 7, 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia. Representing West Virginia’s first district until he sought out and won the governorship of West Virginia in 1969. He went on to becoming the first and only Governor of West Virginia for three terms. During his time in Congress, Moore went on to be the ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Nationality in 1960. Moore was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army in the European Theatre of Operations. His daughter Shelley Moore Capito would go on becoming the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in the history of West Virginia.

Edward Brooke (R-MA, 1967-1979)

Edward Brooke passed away on January 3rd at his home in Coral Gables, Florida. Brooks was the first African American popularly elected to the Senate.  He served as Republican Senator from the state of Massachusetts from 1967- 1979. Brooks served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was Massachusetts state’s attorney before running for the Senate.


2014


Herbert Harris II (D-VA, 1975-1981) 

Herbert Harris died on December 24, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Harris represented Virginia’s 8th district, from 1975-1981. Born in Missouri, Harris remained in Washington, DC area after attending Georgetown law school. Prior to running for Congress he was vice-chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Donald Albosta (D-MI, 1979-1985)

Donald Abosta, passed on  December 8, 2014  in his home state of Michigan.  Albosta represented the 10th district of Michigan from 1979-1985, after serving in the the Michigan State House of Representatives. Albosta was a farmer who graduated from agicultural school and  served in the United States Navy.

Herman Badillo (D-NY, 1971-1979)

Herman Badillo passed on December 3, 2014 at the age of 85.  Badillo represented the 22 district from 1971-1973 and the 21st district of New York from 1973-1977, becoming the first Puerto Rican to service in Congress.  Born in Puerto Rico, Badillo became the borough president of The Bronx and for many years sought the nomination for mayor of New York.  Though he was never mayor he held many positions in New York city including under mayors Koch and Guiliani.

John Krebs (D-CA, 1975-1979)

John Kreb passed away on November 10, 2014 in Fresno, California.  Kreb served two terms in Congress, from 1975-1979, serving California’s 17th district, in the wake of the Watergate scandal.  Born in Germany, as a youth Kreb’s family fleed to Palestine—what is now Isreal. Coming to the US for college and briefly serving in the Army, Kreb became the first foreign-born congressman from California.

William Frenzel (R-MN, 1971-1991)

Bill Frenzel, passed away on November 17, 2014 in McLean, Virginia, at the age of 86. Frenzel, represented the 3rd district of Minnesota, from 1971-1991, when he retired. Frenzel was a leader among moderate Republicans and ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee.  Both in Congress and afterward, Frenzel was considered an expert on budget, fiscal and trade policies.

Marge Roukema (R-NY, 1981-2003)

Marge Roukema died November 12, 2014 I Wyckoff, New Jersey. A twenty-two year veteran of the House of Representatives, Roukema became known for bipartisanship ways. The moderate Republican was a leading advocate for a federal law that would require employers provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Prior to serving in Congress, Roukema served on the Ridgewood Board of Education and became the first woman to head the Ridgewood Republican Club.

Phil Crane (R-IL, 1969-2005)

Phil Crane passed away on November 8, 2014 in Jefferson, Maryland. Crane served the 13th,12th  and 8th districts of Illinois between 1973-2005.  Crane served in the United States Army and received a Phd in History. In Congress Crane was a member of the Ways and Means Committee and was a great supporter of free trade.

Lane Evans (D-IL, 1983-2007)

Lane Evans passed away on November 5, 2014 in East Moline, Illinois and a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.  Evans represented the 17th district of  Illinois from 1983-2007. A Vietnam War era veteran, Evan fought for rights of veterans while in office.

Robert O. Tiernan (D-RI, 1967-1975)

Robert O. Tiernan died October 15, 2014 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Tiernan came to represent Rhode Island’s second district via special election in 1967 and continued to represent the district until 1975. Prior to serving in Congress, Tiernan was a member of the Rhode Island State Senate. After Congress, he became a member of the Federal Election Commission where he became chairman in 1980.

Peter Peyser (R-NY, 1973-1977; D-NY, 1979-1983)

Peter Peyser died October 9, 2014 at his home in Irvington, New York at the age of 93. Before entering Congress, Peyser was elected mayor of Irvington and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1970 as a Republican. He later won the same seat as a Democrat in 1978. During his time in office Peyser focused on expanding student-loan programs, increasing support for education and challenging federal price-support programs for farmers.

James A. Traficant, Jr. (D-OH, 1985-2003)

James Traficant died on September 27, 2014 in Poland, Ohio. Trficant represented Ohio’s 17th district from 1985-2002. Traficant was a outspoken and flamboyant Congressman, who was expelled from Congress after being convicted of several charges.

James Jeffords  (I-VT, Senate 1989-2007, House 1975-1989)

James Jeffords passed away on August 18, 2014 in Washington, DC  at the age of 80.  Jeffordss began his congressional political career as an at large Republican Representative from Vermont in 1975 , where he served the state for 14 years. He became a Senator from Vermont in 1989 until 2003 beginning as a Republican but in 2001 announcing he would leave the Republican party and become an independent.

Fernand J.St. Germain (D-RI, 1961-1989)

Fernand J. St. Germain died August 16, 2014 in Newport, Rhode Island. He served Rhode Island’s first district for nearly thirty years (1961-1989). He served as chairman of the Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs. The Boston Law graduate was a practicing lawyer and member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives before finally being elected to Congress.

George V. Hansen (R-ID, 1965-1985)

George V. Hansen died August 14, 2014 in Pocatello, Idaho. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later the U.S. Naval Reserve. Hansen was elected to Idaho’s second district in 1965, and finished serving Congress in 1985 with a six-year hiatus in between (1969-1975). One of the most conservative members in the House, Hansen was a vocal critic of the Internal Revenue Service. In 1979, Hansen went to Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis to negotiate with the hostage takers.

M. Caldwell Butler (R-VA, 1971-1983)

M. Cadwell Butler died July 29, 2014 in Roanoke, Virginia. He served Virginia’s sixth district between 1972 and 1983. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Butler helped draft the article of impeachment against President Nixon. As one of the few Republicans to support impeachment he received flak for his party disloyalty. The University of Virginia Law graduate went on to continue practicing law in Roanoke following his tenure in Congress.

Robert Roe (D-NJ, 1969-1993)

Robert Roe passed away on July 15, 2014. He represented New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District from 1969-1993. Prior to his service in Congress, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He served as the mayor of Wayne Township, NJ from 1956-1961, and was the commissioner of the New Jersey Conservation and Economic Development Department from 1963-1969.

Kenneth Gray (D-IL, 1955-1989)

Kenneth Gray passed away on July 12, 2014. He represented Illinois’ 25th Congressional District from 1955-1963, its 21st Congressional District from 1963-1973, its 24th Congressional District from 1973-1974, and its 22nd Congressional District from 1985-1989. Prior to his service in Congress, Gray served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII from 1943-1945, discharged as First Sergeant.

Alan Dixon (D-IL, 1981-1993)

Alan Dixon passed away on July 6, 2014. He served as a United States Senator from Illinois from 1981-1993. Prior to his service in the Senate, Dixon served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. He later served as the Illinois State Treasurer from 1971-1977, and as the 34th Illinois Secretary of State from 1977-1981.

Howard Baker (R-TN, 1967-1985)

Howard Baker passed away on June 26, 2014. He served as a United States Senator from Tennessee from 1967-1985, during which time he served as both the Senate Minority Leader and the Senate Majority Leader. Prior to his service in Senate, Baker served three years in the U.S. Navy in WWII. After his time in the Senate, Baker served as the 12th White House Chief of Staff under President Ronald Reagan, and later served as the 26th United States Ambassador to Japan under George W. Bush.

William Roy (D-KS, 1971-1975)

William Roy passed away on May 26, 2014. He represented Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District from 1971-1975.  Prior to his service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Roy served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1955, and was discharged with the rank of Captain.

Butler Carson Derrick, Jr. (D-SC, 1975-1995)

Butler Derrick passed away on May 5, 2014. He represented South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District from 1975-1995. During his years in Congress, he fought to protect South Carolina’s textile industry, using his position to form legislation such as the “Made in America Act,” which sought to protect U.S. textiles. After his twenty years serving in Congress, he was a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Washington, DC.

Jim Oberstar (D-MN, 1975-2011)

Jim Oberstar passed away on May 3, 2014. He represented Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District from 1975-2011. He was a recognized expert on aviation and aviation safety, and was a member of the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism. In 2009, he received the Tony Jannus Award for leadership in the field of commercial aviation. He was chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2007 to 2011.

Mick Staton (R-WV, 1981-1983)

David “Mick” Staton passed away on April 14, 2014. He represented West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District from 1981-1983. After his term in Congress, he became the chief political advisor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1984 until 1990. In 2012, he served as an elector for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Howard Callaway (R-GA, 1965-1967)

Howard “Bo” Callaway passed away on March 15, 2014. He represented Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District from 1965-1967. He served in the Korean War as an Infantry platoon leader, and later as an instructor in tactics at Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA. After his term in Congress, he served as the Secretary of the Army under President Nixon from 1973-1975, served as the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party from 1981-1987, and served as the chairman of the GOPAC from 1987-1993.

George C. Wortley (D-NY, 1981-1989)

George C. Wortley, former Congressman from New York, passed away on January 21, 2014. Mr. Wortley was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses. He was the leading minority member of the House Banking Finance and Urban Affairs Committee and was greatly influential in the drafting and passage of legislation which enacted the first program to provide Reverse Mortgages to seniors. Mr. Wortley also helped to author legislation that outlawed money laundering and ensured improvements to public housing. Later, Mr. Wortley went on to be the director of the DC consulting firm Deirman, Wortley & Zola.

Otis Pike (D-NY, 1961-1979)

Otis Pike, former Congressman from New York, passed away on January 13, 2014. Prior to his time in Congress, Mr. Pike served as a Marine Corps pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II, for which he was  awarded five air medals. Mr. Pike was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh and to the eight succeeding Congresses. In the Ninety-fourth Congress, Mr. Pike served as the Select Committee Chairman on Intelligence. During his nine terms in Congress, Mr. Pike was a champion for pro-environmental legislation. In fact, the Fire Island National Seashore on Long Island now includes the Otis G. Pike Wilderness Area.

Michael L. Strang (R-CO, 1985-1987)

Michael L. Strang, former Congressman from Colorado, passed away on January 12, 2014. Prior to his tenure in Congress, Mr. Strang served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army as well as the Colorado state Legislature. Mr. Strang was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-ninth Congress. Afterwards, Mr. Strang remained active in the political process, acting as a consultant on natural resources and tax issues.

Ben Garrido Blaz (R-GU, 1985-1993)

Ben Blaz passed away on January 8, 2014. Prior to his service in Congress, Mr. Blaz served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Medal with Combat “V”, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired with the rank of brigadier general in 1980 and was later elected as a Republican to the Ninety-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses. Mr. Blaz introduced the Veterans Educational Assistance Act during his first term and remained a strong supporter of education legislation during his tenure in Congress.


2013


Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (I-VA, 1965-1983)

Harry F. Bird passed away on July 30, 2013.    Appointed on November 12, 1965, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of his father, Harry Flood Byrd, Sr., and Mr. Byrd, Jr. was subsequently elected in a special election on November 8, 1966, to fill the unexpired term ending January 3, 1971; reelected as an Independent in 1970 and in 1976, and served from November 12, 1965, to January 2, 1983; was not a candidate for reelection in 1982; was a resident of Winchester, Va., until his death on July 30, 2013.

Lindy Boggs (D-LA, 1973-1991)

Lindy Boggs passed away on July 27, 2013.  Former Congresswoman from Louisiana, elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy  by the death of her husband Hale Boggs, Sr., former House Majority Leader. Ms. Boggs was reelected to the eight succeeding Congresses. Ms. Boggs was the first women elected to Congress from Louisiana.  Ms. Boggs was later appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

William Gray (D-PA, 1979-1993)

William Gray passed away on July 1, 2013. He represented Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District from 1979 to 1991. Gray served as Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget from 1985 to 1989 and House Majority Whip from 1989 to 1991. He resigned from Congress in September of that year to become president of the United Negro College Fund from 1991 to 2004. At the time of his resignation, he was the fourth highest-ranking member of the House.

William Hathaway (D-ME, 1965-1977)

William Hathaway passed away on June 24, 2013. A veteran of World War II, Hathaway was awarded the Air Medal, Purple Heart, and Distinguished Flying Cross. He represented Maine’s 2nd Congressional District from 1965 to 1973 and served as senator from 1973 to 1979.  In 1990 Hathaway was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the Federal Maritime Commission and served as Chairman from 1993 to 1996.

Barbara Vucanovich (R-NV, 1983-1997)

Barbara Vucanovich passed away on June 10, 2013. She represented Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District from 1983-1997. Vucanovich served on the House Interior Committee for many years and eventually became the ranking Republican on the Mining and Minerals Subcommittee. She also served on the House Administration Committee until she was appointed to the Appropriations Committee in 1991. In 1995, Vucanovich became Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction.

Bob Edgar (D-PA,  1975-1987)

Bob Edgar passed away on April 23, 2013. He represented Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District from 1975 to 1987. Edgar served as Chair of the Congressional Clearinghouse on the Future from 1982 to 1986 and as a member of the House Select Committee on Assassinations from 1976 to 1978. After an unsuccessful Senate bid in 1986, Edgar served as President of Claremont School of Theology from 1990 to 2000 where he helped the school overcome its financial difficulties. He served on the boards of many organizations and was recognized by several for his work, such as by the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and National Taxpayers Union.

Charlie Wilson (D-OH, 2007-2011)

Charlie Wilson passed away on April 14, 2013. He was first elected to Ohio’s 99th Congressional District in 1997. Wilson served as senator from 2005 to 2006 and then as congressman for Ohio’s 6th Congressional District. He was on the Committee on Financial Services and Committee on Science and Technology. Wilson was also a member of the Rural Caucus, Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Steel Caucus in which he served as a board member.

Cardiss Collins (D-IL, 1973-1997)

Cardiss Collins passed away on February 3, 2013. She represented Illinois’s 7th Congressional District from 1973 to 1997. Collins was an advocate for women’s health and welfare issues throughout her political career. In 1979, she became the president of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 1990, she formed the African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom, along with fifteen other African-American women and men. The following year, Collins was appointed chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. During her final term, she served as ranking member of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee.

Ed Koch (D-NY,  1969-1979)

Ed Koch passed away on February 1, 2013. He was first elected to New York’s 17th Congressional District in 1969. He was on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and had some influence on the foreign aid budget. Koch served three terms as mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989 in which he led the city to economic prosperity. After his mayoralty, he became a partner in the law firm of Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn, and Berman LLP and became a political commentator. Koch also became an adjunct professor at New York University and visiting professor at Brandeis University. He served as the judge on The People’s Court from 1997 to 1999 and had a highly rated local talk show on WABC radio.

Donald Irwin (D-CT, 1959-1969)

Donald Irwin passed away on July 7, 2013. He represented Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District in 1959 and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Connecticut in 1960. After an unsuccessful bid for reelection, Irwin was appointed general counsel to the United States Information Agency in 1961 and treasurer of the State of Connecticut in 1962. He was again elected to Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District in 1965 and served until 1969. Irwin also served two terms as mayor of Norfolk from 1971 to 1975.

E. Clay Shaw (R-FL, 1981-2007)

Mr. Shaw died on September 10, 2013. In 1975 Shaw became the mayor of Fort Lauderdale. In 1980 he won a seat in Congress representing the 22nd congressional district of Florida. He served in this position until 2007. During his time in Congress Mr. Shaw was the chairman of subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, as well as the chairman of the House Social Security subcommittee. Additional legislation championed by Mr. Shaw includes: the 1982 Missing the Exploited Children’s Act, the 2002 Holocaust Restoration Tax Fairness Act, and 2004 the Congo Basin Forest Partnership Act.

Tom Foley (D-WA, 1965-1995)

Thomas Foley passed away on October 18, 2013.  He had represented Washington’s   Congressional District from 1965 until 1995. He was Speaker of the House from 1989-1993 and then again from 1993-1995.  Speaker Foley was Ambassador to Japan 1997-2001. He was awarded the title Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995.

Major Owens (D-NY, 1983-2007)

Mr. Owens passed away on October 21, 2013. He was a New York politician and a prominent member of the Democratic Party who served in the House of Representatives representing the 11th Congressional district. From 1983-2007. Prior to this, in the 1960s, Mr. Owens served under Mayor John Lindsay, heading New York City’s Community Development Agency. Following this, Mr. Owens was elected to the New York State Senate in 1974.

Ike Skelton (D-MO, 1977-2011)

Mr. Skelton passed away on October 28, 2013.He was a representative from Missouri elected as a Democrat to the 95th and the 16th succeeding Congress from 1977-2011. During his time in office he served as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Skelton is remembered as a strong advocate for the military.

John McCollister (R-NE, 1971-1977) 

John McCollister passed away on November 1, 2013.  Prior to his work in Congress, Mr. McCollister was a delegate to the Nebraska State Republican conventions from 1960 to 1970, and a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention. Mr. McCollister was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-second, Ninety-third, and Ninety-fourth Congresses. Even after an unsuccessful bid for Senate, Mr. McCollister remained active in politics. In fact, in 2000, he was a presidential elector for the state of Nebraska.

William Coyne (D-PA, 1981-2003)

William Coyne passed away on November 3, 2013. Mr. Coyne was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-seventh and to the ten succeeding Congresses. Prior to his work on the national level, Mr. Coyne  served on the Pittsburgh city council and Pennsylvania state legislature.  After his election to Congress, Mr. Coyne was supported  our nation’s cities  and its working poor. During his time in office, Mr. Coyne  worked with  the House Ways and Means Committee to gain several legislative victories for the causes he championed, including earned income tax credits for the underprivileged and industrial development bonds for municipalities.

John Gilligan (D-OH, 1965-1967)

Former Member Gilligan died at home in Cincinnati on August 26, 2013 at the age of 92. Mr. Gilligan was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress, where he served until 1967. Later, Mr. Gilligan was elected governor of Ohio in 1970. During his tenure as governor, Mr. Gilligan enacted the state’s first corporate and personal income tax in order to address the state’s school financing crisis. Mr. Gilligan went on to have leadership roles at the United States Agency for International Development, the Institute for Public Policy, and the Institute for International Peace Studies, respectively.

Rod Grams (R-MN, House 1993-1995, Senate 1995-2001)

Rod Grams died on October 8, 2013 at his home in Crown, Minnesota, at the age of 65. After almost ten years as a popular news anchor, Mr. Grams ran a successful campaign for Congress and was elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Third Congress and won an open Senate seat two years later. Mr. Grams served in the Senate from 1995 to 2001. Among other pieces of legislation, Mr. Grams advocated a $500-per-child tax credit, which became a key feature of the Republican schema in the 1990s.

Jack Hightower (D-TX, 1975-1985)

Jack Hightower died on August 3, 2013 in Austin, Texas, at the age of 86. Prior to his time in Congress, Mr. Hightower served as district attorney for Texas’ Forty-sixth Judicial District and later as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Mr. Hightower was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress and served in Congress for a decade. Mr. Hightower went on to be the first assistant attorney general of Texas in 1985, elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1988, and finally a presidential appointee of the Clinton Administration.

William Royer (R-CA, 1979-1981)

William Royer died on April 8, 2013 at the age of 92. Prior to being elected into Congress, Mr. Royer was mayor of his hometown, Redwood City, California and was elected to the San Mateo Board of Supervisors in 1972. Mr. Royer was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth Congress, by special election. After his tenure in Congress, Mr. Royer acted as a regional representative at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

William Scranton (R-PA, 1961-1963)

William Scranton died on July 28, 2013 in Montecito, California at the age of 94. Before his election into Congress, Mr. Scranton held several prominent private and public positions, including that of special assistant to Secretary of State, Christian A. Herter. Mr. Scranton was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh Congress in 1961 and went on to serve as governor of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967. Mr. Scranton was also served as the ambassador to the United Nations when he was appointed by President Ford in 1976.

Arlan Strangeland (R-MN, 1977-1991)

Arlan Strangeland died on July 2, 2013 his home on Lake Lizzie in Northwestern Minnesota at the age of 83. Prior to his work on the national level, Mr. Strangeland was aMember of Minnesota state House of Representatives as well as a delegate to the Minnesota state Republican conventions. Mr. Strangeland was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-fifth Congress, by special election and was reelected to the six succeeding Congresses

Andy Jacobs, Jr. (D-IN, 1965-1997)

Andy Jacobs died on December 28, 2013 at his home in Indianapolis, aged 81. Mr. Jacobs served as a member of the Indiana state House of Representatives, prior to his work on the national level. Mr. Jacobs was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses. Mr. Jacobs was a longtime member on the House Ways and Means Committee and he even helped to write the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a key piece of civil rights legislation.