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Rep. John Murtha [D, PA] Dead at 77

February 8, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Rep. John Murtha [D, PA-12], Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, has died at the age of 77 from complications resulting from gall bladder surgery he had last week. Murtha has served as representative for Pennsylvania’s 12th district since 1974.

We have a comprehensive bio of Murtha on the OpenCongress Wiki, which you can view here.

Mutha’s seat will be filled by special election, making it a likely Republican pick-up. Pennsylvania’s 12th district voted for McCain by .4% in 2008 and it has a PVI rating of R+1.

Photo from Center for American Progress Action Fund used under CC license.

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