Former Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
I have never lost an election & I'm not going to lose this battle either! Thanks for positive thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/I7hIOdcVkl— Tom Latham (@TomLatham) January 6, 2016
The 67-year-old served in the House for 20 years and retired in 2014. When he announced he was leaving Congress, aides assured the public it was not due to health issues. Lymphoma is a cancer that begins in cells that are part of the immune system.
In March 2015, he became a partner in the lobbying firm Hecht, Spencer & Associates, which has now rebranded as Hecht Latham Spencer & Associates.
Latham is a former appropriator and is close friends with former Speaker John A. Boehner. Boehner invited him to the Pope’s speech to Congress in September, where he was spotted on the floor, though former lawmakers were not generally invited.
Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, now holds his seat and also is on the House Appropriations Committee.
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