Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley has died of complications from strokes. He was 84.
The Democrat served nearly 30 years in Congress before being defeated in the Gingrich Revolution of 1994.
Foley had the distinction of becoming the first, and so far only, Speaker of the House from the Northwest. He was also the first Speaker defeated at the polls since the Civil War.
Foley grew up on Spokane’s South Hill, the son of a prominent judge. As a politician, he described himself as a “peace maker, not street fighter.” It might have been his Achilles heel.