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Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings, South Carolina senator and WWII veteran, has died
Longtime statesman known for his quick wit died Saturday at the age of 97

During an interview in his office in 1993, Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, D-S.C., looks at a photo of himself with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (Scott Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings, a longtime statesman with a rumbling baritone known for a quick wit and as a champion of environmental and social policy, has died at the age of 97.

The South Carolina Democrat, who ran for president in 1984 and served in the Senate for nearly 40 years — most of his tenure as the junior senator to Republican Strom Thurmond — died Saturday after a period of failing health, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported

Former Indiana Democratic Sen. Birch Bayh dies at 91
Bayh was considered the father of Title IX

Former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh and actress Holly Hunter listen to actress Geena Davis during a February 2003 news conference on protections of athletic opportunities for women. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh, the man behind the landmark Title IX legislation, died Thursday morning from pneumonia at the age of 91.

Besides serving in the Senate for three terms, the liberal Democrat was also the father of former Indiana Gov. and Sen. Evan Bayh, who lost a comeback Senate bid in 2016. 

Former Rep. Ralph Hall, among the last WWII vets to serve in Congress, dies at 95
Hall, a Democrat-turned-Republican from Texas, served 17 terms

Former Rep. Ralph M. Hall of Texas died on Thursday. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Ralph M. Hall, who left Congress in 2015 as the oldest member at age 91 after losing a primary runoff after decades in office, died Thursday. Hall was 95.

A Democrat-turned-Republican, Hall was born on May 3, 1923, in Fate, Texas. He attended Texas Christian University and the University of Texas, eventually earning a law degree at Southern Methodist University.

William Broomfield, former House GOP foreign policy guru, dies
Michigan Republican, who died at 96, served in the House for 36 years

Then-Rep. William S. “Bill” Broomfield, R-Michigan, greets former President Richard Nixon as he arrives at Rayburn House Office Building in September 1992. A number of staffers and tourists awaited Nixon’s arrival to ask for an autograph. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. William Broomfield, a foreign affairs stalwart and popular advocate who represented his Michigan constituents for nearly four decades, died last week at the age of 96.

Broomfield, a Republican and World War II veteran, served in the House for 36 years, from 1957 through 1993. He died on Feb. 20, according to his family. 

Washington mourns former Rep. John Dingell
Former presidents, colleagues in Congress share tributes to the Detroit Democrat

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center in 2011 to recognize the 46th anniversary of Medicare. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

The longest-serving member of Congress in history, Rep. John Dingell made an indelible impact on Capitol Hill, the nation’s laws and those who served with him. 

“John Dingell's life reminds us that change does not always come in a flash, but instead with a steady, determined effort,” former President Barack Obama said.

George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, Dies at 94
Last World War II veteran to serve as POTUS dies seven months after wife Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush and George H.W. Bush at the 1992 Republican National Convention.  (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president and self-effacing patriarch of one of America’s premier political families, which has included two occupants of the White House, a senator and a governor, died Friday, at age 94.

As president, Bush led an international coalition to victory in the first Persian Gulf war in 1990-91, only to lose his bid for re-election the following year to Democrat Bill Clinton primarily because of a prolonged recession and Bush’s perceived inability to cure it.

Former Rep. Ed Pastor Dies at Age 75
Was the first Hispanic member elected from Arizona and a longtime appropriator

Then-Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., speaks during a news conference to announce efforts to rename room HVC 215 after slain congressional staff member Gabe Zimmerman in July 2011. (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Ed Pastor, the first Hispanic from Arizona to serve in the U.S. House, has died. He was 75.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called Pastor “an Arizona trailblazer and true public servant” in announcing his passing on Wednesday. The longtime Democratic member of the House Appropriations Committee served for more than two decades in the House. He succeeded Rep. Morris K. Udall, who had resigned his seat in 1991 while battling Parkinson’s disease.

James Hansen, Long-Serving Utah Republican, Dies at 86
Former Ethics and Natural Resources chairman served from 1981 to 2003

Rep. James V. Hansen, R-Utah, on Feb. 19, 1989. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. James V. Hansen, a Utah Republican who served in the House from 1981 to 2003, died on Wednesday. He was 86. 

“With Congressman Jim Hansen’s passing, Utah has lost a true statesman. Whether it was in the Navy, in the state legislature, or in the halls of Congress, Jim served with honor and distinction, always putting principle before party and others before self. Utah would not be what it is today without Congressman Jim Hansen. I’m grateful to have known such a remarkable man and even more grateful to have called him a friend,” Utah GOP Sen. Orrin G. Hatch said in a statement announcing the news. 

McCain and 37 Others Remembered at Annual Memorial Service
Former members ‘broke down barriers and challenged the status quo’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remembers her friend, Rep. Louise Slaughter, at a ceremony to honor former members of Congress who died over the past year. (Alex Gangitano/CQ Roll Call)

Just a few days after Sen. John McCain lay in state in the room next door, the Arizona senator and the 37 other former members of Congress who died over the last year were honored at a ceremony in Statuary Hall on Wednesday.

Arizona’s other senator, Jeff Flake, was added to the list of participants following the death of his close colleague.

Joe Biden Speaks to John McCain’s ‘Ageless’ Code of Duty and Decency
Former vice president offers keynote eulogy at memorial service in Phoenix

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks Thursday during Sen. John McCain’s memorial service at the North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The death of Sen. John McCain has resonated with so many Americans for reasons far more visceral than his record as a longtime senator or even his stature as an American hero, his longtime friend Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Thursday.

“I think it’s something more intangible,” the former vice president and Delaware senator said at the Arizona senator’s memorial service in Phoenix. “I think it’s because they knew that John believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of America.”