Former House Speaker Tom Foley has died at the age of 84. Foley's wife, Heather, says the Washington State Democrat died of complications from a stroke at his home in the Nation's Capital.
The courtly politician lost his seat in the "Republican Revolution" of 1994, becoming the first Speaker since the Civil War to fail to win re-election in his home district. Foley served 30 years in the House including more than five as Speaker. He later served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan during the Clinton Administration.