Former Representative Tom Foley, who was the former speaker of the United States House of Representatives, passed away due to complications from a stroke at the age of 84, according to a Politico post on Friday.
The former Speaker of the House had a stroke ten months ago and was hospitalized with pneumonia five months ago, according to his wife. Since the bout with pneumonia, he has been in hospice care.
As a representative from Washington state, Foley served 30 years in the United States House including approximately five years as its speaker. He lost his elected position in 1994 when Republicans took control of Congress – as he was a Democrat. He lost to Spokane lawyer George Nethercutt. Unable to attack Foley with scandals or charges of incompetence, Nethercutt spoke out against Foley’s alleged inability as the nation’s speaker to bring home federal benefits. Nethercutt’s accusation that Foley asserted pork-barrel politics won him the election. It was a bad year for Democrats, in general, in 1994.
Following, Foley was the United States ambassador to Japan for four years under former President Bill Clinton.