Rep. John Murtha, the longest serving member of Pennsylvania’s House delegation, died today at age 77. He was hospitalized in intensive care after experiencing complications from surgery last week.
We’ll update as more information becomes available.
(UPDATE): In the words of some of his colleagues:
Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.), the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee:
Jack Murtha was the first Vietnam veteran to serve in Congress and he was incredibly effective in his service in the House. He understood the misery of war. Every person who serves in the military has lost an advocate and a good friend today. My wife Joan and I extend our sympathy and prayers to his wife Joyce, and the entire Murtha family.
Rep. Edward J. Markey (D), the dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation:
I am saddened to learn of the death of Jack Murtha, a man that I have known for the last 34 years.
While Jack was always known as a military hawk, he became a leading voice in the effort to bring an end to the war in Iraq and it is in no small part due to his work in this area that America is now on track to removing all combat troops from that country by this summer.
My thoughts go out to his wife Joyce and the rest of the Murtha family.
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