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Remembering Tom Foley: The Legacy Of A Spokane Native

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Today we mourn the loss of a passionate politician, a patriotic ambassador, and a lifelong supporter of the Inland Northwest. Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley died today the age of 84.

A Spokane native, Foley graduated from Gonzaga Prep and later received his bachelor's degree at Gonzaga University. His interest in law became his stepping stone into his successful career in politics.

He was elected into the House of Representatives in the 1960's and later became Speaker of the House.

Foley worked closely with several presidents throughout his career, including George Bush and Bill Clinton.

And it is certainly not just us in Eastern Washington mourning the loss of Tom Foley tonight. 

"Spokane lost a great leader and champion for this community today with the passing of Speaker Foley," Mayor David Condon said. "Representing the heart of Spokane in Washington D.C. for 30 years, he advocated for the Spokane that he believed we could be and, in many ways, the Spokane that we are today."

Governor Jay Inslee said that Foley "epitomized integrity, principles, and the ability to get people to work together."

President Barack Obama said earlier today that "America has lost a legend of the United States Congress."

A great loss for Eastern Washington, and a great loss for this country.

 

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