John Murtha dead at 77

Democrat John Murtha has died at the age of 77. First elected to Congress in 1974, the Western Pennsylvania lawmaker elevated his national profile in recent years by opposing the Iraq War and developing a close relationship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  He was also the subject of several ethics investigations, including a recent probe into possible connections between his earmarks and campaign contributions.

Murtha was the longest-serving congressman in Pennsylvania history — a distinction he had only earned this past weekend, according to the Post-Gazette.

Governor Rendell has ten days to decide when to call a special election to fill Murtha’s seat. The most likely pick is primary day – May 18th – but Rendell says he may sat an earlier date.

Obituaries:

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

Washington Post

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Politico

New York Times

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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