Ex-House Speaker Tom Foley dies at 84

Former House Speaker Tom Foley has died at the age of 84 in his home.

His wife, Heather, confirmed his death Friday morning in an email to seattlepi.com.

He will be remembered as Speaker of the House in days when Congress still got things done, but never saw the speaker’s chair as his life’s greatest honor. Instead, it was that voters in Eastern Washington chose him for 30 years to represent them in Congress.