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Tom Foley
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U.S. Congressman
    (March 6, 1929-October 18, 2013)
    Born in Spokane, Washington
    Represented Washington's 5th District (1965-95)
    Speaker of the House (1989-95)
    US Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001)
    He remained liberal as the district he represented became increasingly conservative.
    He abandoned his previous opposition to gun control to get an assault weapons ban passed by the House, a move that played an important role in the Republicans gaining control of the House in 1994.
    His poor handling of the House banking scandal (in which Congressmen had been repeatedly allowed to overdraw their accounts without any penalty) also played a factor in the 1994 Republican Revolution.
    His opposition to term limits, including suing to overturn a ballot initiative passed by Washington voters, ticked off his constituents.
    He became the first sitting Speaker of the House to lose his reelection bid since the Civil War.
    A Los Angeles Times profile described him as 'a brainy, undeniably decent man who is liked by about everyone, Republican and Democrat alike.'
    George H.W. Bush said, 'Tom never got personal or burned bridges. We didn't agree on every issue, but on key issues we managed to put the good of the country ahead of politics.'
    He said about his opposition to an ammendment to ban flag burning, 'If it is not conservative to protect the Bill of Rights, then I don't know what conservatism is today.'
    The Republican National Committee tried to insinuate he was gay, issuing a press release titled 'Tom Foley: Out of the Liberal Closet' that compared his voting record with Barney Frank's.

Credit: C. Fishel

    In 2018, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
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    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 63 Votes: 58.73% Annoying
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