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"Rep. Tom Lantos Dies at Age 80"

Obituaries.Rep. Tom Lantoes 2008

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#1 sierraleone

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 11:59 AM

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Rep. Tom Lantos, 80, a California Democrat whose experience during the Holocaust shaped his concern for human rights and his staunch view in favor of U.S. military intervention abroad, died early this morning, a spokeswoman told the Associated Press. He had esophageal cancer and died at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Lantos, born in Budapest to Hungarian Jews, served 14 terms in the House of Representatives. He is the only Holocaust survivor elected to Congress. His district included southwest San Francisco and much of San Mateo County, where he was known for supporting the socially liberal agenda of his constituents. Last year, he announced he would not seek reelection because of his cancer treatment.

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#2 QueenTiye

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 12:54 PM

God speed your journey, Tom Lantos.

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#3 Godeskian

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 01:03 PM

I hate to ask, but how is this likely to affect the dems majority in the house of representatives?

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#4 sierraleone

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 01:32 PM

View PostGodeskian, on Feb 11 2008, 01:03 PM, said:

I hate to ask, but how is this likely to affect the dems majority in the house of representatives?

As I recall from the last election it was the senate that was incredible close with no comfortable margin. The house was better off, but still not at 2/3 democrats I'm guessing, since they can't override a Bush veto. I'll be back in a min with an answer :)

Edit: As of the last election (so doesn't count any changes since)

Senate: 100 Seats: Of which: Both Parties have 49 seats. There are 2 independents, but both caucus with the democrats (Joe Lieberman lost the democratic nomination this election around, and ran as an independent and won.
Bernie Sanders was an independent in the House before but is a self-described democratic socialist)

Of the part of Congress the late Tom Lantos was in:
House: 435 Seats: Of which: Democrats have 233 seats; Republicans have 202 seats.
They would have needed 290 to have 2/3 of the seats to override a Presidental veto.

I'm not clear of whether that would have mattered anyways and that both Congresses would need to have a 2/3 vote to override the Presidental veto.

Edited by sierraleone, 11 February 2008 - 01:47 PM.

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