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House Honors Late Speaker Tom Foley

The House is honoring former Speaker Thomas S. Foley by draping black fabric over his portrait in the Speaker's Lobby and the speaker's chair in the chamber every legislative day until a memorial service is held in his honor.

The 84-year-old Washington Democrat died last week after battling aspirational pneumonia for a year. Foley served as speaker from 1989 to 1995.

The Office of Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, announced the tributes Tuesday in a blog post and included the following pictures:

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"This is a fitting tribute to a man Speaker Boehner called of the House’s 'most devoted servants' whose 'solid sense of fairness … remains a model for any Speaker or representative,'" the post from the speaker's office read.