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Rep. Tom Lantos of California dies at 80

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Tom Lantos, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, died Monday due to complications from cancer, his office said. Lantos was 80.

Rep. Tom Lantos represented his Northern California district for 14 terms.

 He died at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, surrounded by his wife, Annette, daughters Annette and Katrina and many of his 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, according to his office.

Lantos’ life was “defined by courage, optimism, and unwavering dedication to his principles and to his family,” said his wife, Annette, his childhood sweetheart, in a statement the House of Representatives released.

Lantos, who was serving his 14th term in the House, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December. He announced last month that he would not seek a new term. Read More