WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says former House Speaker Tom Foley was a model of civility in government who put problem-solving ahead of politics and never lost his sense of wonder about serving in Congress.
The president spoke Tuesday at a memorial for Foley, who died Oct. 18 at the age of 84. Foley was a 30-year veteran of the House from Washington state, serving from 1989 to 1995 as speaker, second in the line of succession to the presidency. He was defeated in the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress and went on to serve as ambassador to Japan under President Bill Clinton.
Clinton and other Washington luminaries also remembered Foley during the service in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.