Thomas Stephen “Tom” Foley

Thomas Stephen “Tom” Foley

Birth
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Death 18 Oct 2013 (aged 84)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 118907142 · View Source
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US Congressman, Speaker of the House, US Ambassador. A member of the Democratic Party, he served the State of Washington's 5th Congressional District in the Unites States House of Representatives from 1965 until 1995. He was elevated to Speaker of the House in 1989 and remained at that capacity until 1995. His father was an attorney who later became prosecutor and judge of Spokane, Washington, Thomas followed the elder Foley into a career of law. He attained his degree from the University of Washington Law School in 1957 and commenced practicing privately. After a brief period of teaching law at Gonzaga University, he served as assistant attorney general of the State of Washington in 1960. During the course of his Congressional career, Foley maintained a consistent middle-of-the-road stance on issues and was regarded as one of the most likable public servants during his tenure in Washington. He served as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and spearheaded efforts to overhaul the government's policies on food safety and the food stamp program. Foley became the first incumbent Speaker of the House to be defeated in his re-election attempt since the Civil War. He was appointed by President Clinton to serve as US Ambassador to Japan (1997 to 2001).

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  • Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 18 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 118907142
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Stephen “Tom” Foley (6 Mar 1929–18 Oct 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118907142, ; Maintained by C.S. (contributor 46798780) Unknown.